Number of people infected with new strain of coronavirus rises to 102: Health Ministry

The number of people who have been infected with the new strain of coronavirus has climbed to 102, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

“The total number of persons found to be positive with the new UK variant genome stands at 102 today,” the Ministry said.

Till January 11, the number of people affected by the new UK variant of coronavirus was 96.

On Sunday, not a single new case of Coronavirus strain was reported. Till Saturday, the number of such people was 90.

All of them have been kept in single room isolation in designated Health Care facilities by respective State Governments.

Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine. Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others.

The situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to the States for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing & dispatch of samples to INSACOG labs, the Ministry said. 

On January 12, 9 flights from Pune carried the first batch of Covishield to 13 cities, ahead of the nationwide vaccination drive.

India’s coronavirus vaccination drive will begin from January 16. PM Modi said that Health workers, from both government and private sector, will be the first ones to receive the vaccine. Along with them, Safai Karmacharis, other Front Line Workers, police and paramilitary, Home Guards, Disaster Management Volunteers and other jawans in Civil Defence, and Revenue Officials associated with containment and surveillance, will also receive the vaccine in the first stage. 

“He announced that State governments will not have to bear any cost towards vaccinating these 3 crore people in the first stage. Centre will bear this cost.”