Mumbai: Number of people who have tested positive for the new UK variant of coronavirus has climbed to 82 in India with 11 new cases, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Friday.
A total number of people infected with the strain stood at 71 on Wednesday.
“The total number of cases infected with the new strain of the novel coronavirus, first reported in the UK, now stands at 82,” the ministry said.
The presence of the new United Kingdom variant of the virus has already been reported by several countries, including Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.
The ministry had previously stated that all people who tested positive for the new version of the virus were kept in single-chamber isolation in specified health facilities by the respective state governments.
Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine. The ministry said that a comprehensive contact-tracing exercise has been initiated for their co-travellers, family members and others and genome sequencing is underway.
The situation is being closely monitored and states are being regularly advised for enhanced monitoring, control, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG laboratories.