“A total of six samples of six UK returnee persons have been found to be positive with the new UK variant genome. 3 in NIMHANS, Bengaluru, 2 in CCMB, Hyderabad and 1 in NIV, Pune,” said union ministry of health and family welfare in a statement.
All these persons have been kept in single-room isolation in designated health care facilities by respective state governments. Their close contacts have also been quarantined.
Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other samples is currently going on.
The the new strain of the virus has already been reported by Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Singapore amongst others.