COVID-19 Outbreak: Six flyers from UK check constructive in Delhi, Chennai; samples might be checked for brand new virus pressure


It shouldn’t be presently clear if the passengers have a extremely infectious pressure of the virus that has been extensively reported in Britain

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Six individuals who arrived in India from the United Kingdom have examined constructive for coronavirus , media reports said. However, it’s not presently clear if they’ve a extremely infectious pressure of the virus that has been extensively reported in Britain.

The authorities has on Tuesday mentioned that the fast-spreading pressure of COVID-19 that was discovered within the UK has not been seen in India up to now, as reported by NDTV.

The flight on which the passengers arrived in India landed round 11.30 pm on Monday.

“Five passengers were found COVID-positive at the Delhi airport. One passenger who took a connecting flight to Chennai was tested there and found positive,” PTI quoted an official as saying.

“Their samples have been sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for research and they have been sent to a care centre,” a report in Mumbai Mirror quoted a nodal officer for COVID-19 as saying.

A second flight from London landed at 6 am on Tuesday. Tests on the passengers are underway, Dr Gauri Agarwal, founding father of the Genestrings Diagnostic Center that’s dealing with coronavirus testing at Delhi airport, informed PTI.

“Of the roughly 100 assessments accomplished up to now, no constructive discovered… We have two extra flights scheduled for tonight,” Agarwal mentioned.

The authorities on Monday mentioned all UK-India flights will be suspended from 23 December to 31 December in view of the emergence of a brand new coronavirus pressure in that nation.

It additionally mentioned all passengers coming from UK on Monday and Tuesday could be compulsorily examined for coronavirus on arrival at airports.

This improvement comes on a day when India’s COVID-19 active case load has fallen below 3 lakh, the lowest in 163 days. The active case load now comprises just 2.90 per cent of the total infections, the Union Health Ministry said.

The total active cases stand at 2,92,518. On 12 July, the active cases had last settled below three lakh at 2,92,258.

With inputs from PTI

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