States on alert as 18 more UK flyers test positive | India News – Times of India

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States on alert as 18 more UK flyers test positive |  India News – Times of India
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NEW DELHI: Several states in the country are on high alert as 18 more flyers from the UK tested positive for the Covid-19 virus on Thursday, taking the cumulative infections to 47 since Sunday. However, there is no confirmation yet whether this is the new
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Covid-19 virus strain recently discovered in the UK.
Of the 18 new cases, seven are from Telangana, five from Kerala, four from Karnataka, and one each from Odisha and Assam. Seven people who returned from the UK to Telangana in the past month have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
Seven people who returned from the UK to Telangana in the past month have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
Their samples have now been sent to the center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) for genome sequencing to find out if they are affected by the existing strain of the virus or the newly mutated and highly infectious UK variant. Sources told TOI that the state health officers have gone into high alert and are aggressively tracking contacts of those who tested positive.
“The seven patients have been kept in isolation at various hospitals, separate from the other Covid-19 patients,” a health department official said.
The coronavirus strain has not been analysed yet. One returnee claimed that passengers were not tested properly before they boarded the flight in the UK or after they arrived in India.
(With inputs from Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Thiruvananthapuram, Guwahati)

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