New Delhi: India has recorded four fresh cases of new Coronavirus mutant strain first reported in the United Kingdom in September, taking the total number of cases to 29, Health Ministry of India said.
The updated tally includes 25 people who were found positive for the new virus strain during the last three days. Of the total cases of new mutant Coronavirus strain, 10 are from New Delhi.
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“All the 29 persons are in physical isolation in health facilities,” reports said quoting health officials.
As per reports, of the 29, the mutated UK strain was detected in the samples of eight persons at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in New Delhi, two in the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi, one in the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani (near Kolkata), five in the National Institute of Virology in Pune, three in Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad and 10 were sequenced at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences Hospital (NIMHANS) Bengaluru.
The county’s ministry said that comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others.
The presence of the new C OVID variant, which was first identified in the UK, has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.
Meanwhile, India on Friday reported 20,036 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 1,02,86,710, according to the India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).