The number of people who have tested positive for the new UK coronavirus variant has risen to 109, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday, 14 January. 7 new cases were reported today.
Almost three months after it was first detected in the United Kingdom, India reported its first cases of the mutated variant of coronavirus on December 29 last year. The health ministry had then announced that six people with a travel history to London tested positive and said that the new UK variant genome of Sars-CoV-2 - B.1.1.7 - was detected in three samples in the labs of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune. Within sixteen days, India crossed 100 cases.
Those who tested positive for the variant have been kept in single-room isolation at designated healthcare facilities under the tutelage of the respective state governments, the Centre said. Those who were in close contact with them have been quarantined, and contact tracing is underway for others. After a temporary suspension of flights to and from the UK, in view of the new variant, which is said to be much more infectious, limited services have been resumed between the two countries. India recorded 16,946 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the tally in the country to 1,05,12,093. The death toll increased by 198 to 1,51,727.
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