Mumbai: The Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that 58 individuals have so far tested positive for the new UK version of SARS-CoV-2.
“The total number of cases infected with the new strain of the novel Coronavirus first reported in the UK now stands at 58,” Union Health Ministry was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The total number of cases infected with the new strain of the novel Coronavirus first reported in the UK now stands at 58: Union Health Ministry pic.twitter.com/o9hadPPBrl
— ANI (@ANI) January 5, 2021
On Monday, the total count of those infected with the new UK virus in India stood at 38.
The ministry has said that all those who tested positive have been kept in single room isolation in designated health facilities by the respective state governments and their close contacts have also been kept under quarantine.
The Ministry of Health said that the Indian government took cognizance of the reported virus from Britain and created an active and preventive strategy to detect and prevent the mutant variant.
All UK return samples found positive in RT-PCR testing will be sequenced by a consortium of 10 government laboratories – INSACOG.
In addition, all international travellers who have arrived in India from 9 to 22 December are tested symptomatic and positive for Kovid-19, as part of Centre’s strategy to detect the mutated UK variant to UK variants.
According to the guidance of genomic sequencing of the Union Ministry of Health, others will be followed by the respective state and district monitoring authorities as per ICMR guidelines (even if asymptomatic) on the fifth and tenth days.