5 new cases of UK mutant virus in India, tally rises to 25 

Five new cases have been found to be positive of the UK strain of coronavirus in India, which takes the total number of such patients to 25. 

A total of 25 people in the country have tested positive for the new UK variant genome so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. 

“The consortium of 10 Government labs i.e. INSACOG has so far found a total of 25 cases of mutant UK virus after genome sequencing. Four new cases were found by NIV, Pune and one new case was sequenced in IGIB, Delhi. All 25 persons are in physical isolation in health facilities,” according to the Health Ministry.

India on Wednesday extended the suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom till January 7. 

The Union Health Ministry has said that about 33,000 passengers disembarked at various Indian airports from the UK from November 25 to December 23 midnight. All these passengers are being tracked and subjected by States/UTs to RT-PCR tests and samples of those found positive be sent for genome sequencing.

The new UK Variant has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore, so far.