HYDERABAD: Two cases of the mutant variant of coronavirus has been detected among samples from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh tested at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. These are among the 6 cases of mutant variant of Covid-19 being detected across the country.
As per an official statement from the ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India, of the six samples that were detected positive for the UK variant, three were from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) Bengaluru, two were found positive at CCMB-Hyderabad while one was found to be positive among the samples tested at National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. These are the initial results of genome sequencing of mutant variant of SARS-CoV-2 by the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) labs.
From November 25 to December 23, about 33,000 passengers disembarked at various Indian airports from the UK. While all passengers are being tracked currently and are being tested for Covid-19 by the RT-PCR method, so far only 114 have been found Covid-19 positive, as per an official statement from the ministry. Of the 114, only 6 have been detected to have the UK variant so far.
“All these persons have been kept in single room isolation in designated healthcare facilities by respective state governments. Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine. Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other specimens is going on,” read the official statement from the ministry.
Courtesy – TOI