279 UK returnees in Telangana untraceable

HYDERABAD, DEC 27 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/27/2020 12:04:42 PM IST

At least 279 passengers recently returned from the UK to Telangana are untraceable, state health officials said on Saturday, while 59 new cases recorded taking the number of newly caught infections in passengers back from Britain rose to 119 nationwide since last Sunday, a TOI report stated.

Samples taken from all the virus-positive passengers have been sent to labs for sequencing and by Monday it is likely to be known whether they are carrying the more transmissible variant currently ravaging the UK.  In the past two weeks, around 102 people have come to Assam from the UK and one of them was found Covid-19 positive and his sample has been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

There were three new cases in Telangana, taking the state’s UK infected number to 21. Goa reported 16 cases among passengers from the UK, while there were 14 new cases from Maharashtra (total 17). 

One more passenger tested positive in Nashik, but it was unclear if he had contracted the novel coronavirus in the UK because he had tested negative at Mumbai airport on returning on December 13.

Kerala reported three new infected passengers, taking the total to eight, and Uttar Pradesh saw eight UK returnees test positive. One passenger from Mysuru in Karnataka was found to have the virus, while Andhra Pradesh reported six virus-positive cases.

Telangana officials said 92 of the untraceable returnees are from the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka, and 184 had given wrong phone numbers and addresses. “We have forwarded their details to their respective state governments so that they can help trace these returnees. A search is on to find the rest,” said Dr G Srinivasa Rao, Telangana’s director for public health.

“People with the new type of virus need not worry. They only need be vigilant, use the mask properly, follow physical distancing and wash their hands regularly,” Dr Rao said.

Of the 14 new cases in Maharashtra, three are from Mumbai, four from Thane, one from Nagpur, two from Pune and one each from Nanded, Ahmednagar, Raigad and Aurangabad.


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