Mumbai: A total of 20 teams have been formed in Telangana to track 1,200 UK returnees to the state since December 8. The Telangana Health Department has enlisted 1,200 people returning to the state from Britain since 8 December.
20 monitoring teams have been formed to track returners, visit their homes, check their current health status, and screen them for COVID. Samples of those testing positive will be sent to CCMB for genome sequencing.
The state’s director of public health, Drs. Yes. Srinivasa Rao told the Times of India, “All returns will be tested for viruses using the RT-PCR method. By genome sequencing, we will come to know if any of them have been affected by the new version of the virus.”
According to Rao, contact tracing started in Telangana on 22 December and teams were formed in districts based on the number of returns in each district. The number of returns initially pegged at 358, jumped several times over the past two weeks, increasing the count of returns.
Those who have come from the UK to Telangana after 9 December or have traveled from the UK, according to Rao, will have to give their details by calling 040-24651119 or WhatsApp on 9154170960. People with fresh types of COVID19 need not worry but are requested to be cautious.
Rao said, “Use the mask, follow physical distance and wash your hands.”
Amid growing concerns amid fresh tensions of Kovid found in foreign nations, the state’s health department informed on Tuesday that it is in the process of tracking 358 passengers who have returned to Telangana in the last week with a travel history to the UK.