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New UK COVID-19 strain: 114 people infected in India so far

NEW DELHI, JAN 15 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 1/15/2021 11:45:03 AM IST

As many as 114 people have tested positive for the new UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India until Friday, said the Union Health Ministry. The ministry further informed that the situation is being monitored carefully and regular advice provided to states.

The government had earlier said that patients of the new strain are admitted in single room isolation at designated Health Care facilities by respective states.

Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine and comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others, it said, adding that genome sequencing on other specimens is going on. Flights from the UK have resumed from 8 January. Passengers will have to undergo an RT-PCR test both in the UK before boarding their flight and after arriving in India.

India’s total COVID active caseload continues to manifest a sustained downward movement and has dropped to 2.13 lakh comprising just 2.03% of India’s total infections, it added.

WHO wants Covid jabs in all countries within 100 days 

World Health Organization’s director-general said Friday he wanted Covid-19 vaccination campaigns taking place in every nation across the globe within the next 100 days.

“I want to see vaccination under way in every country in the next 100 days so that health workers and those at high risk are protected first,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva.

 

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