At least eight people who returned to Kerala in the last one week from Britain have been found to be corona positive. Samples of all these have been sent to the Pune-based National Institute for Virology for further testing to find out if they are infected with the new strain. State Health Minister KK Selja has given this information.
The minister said that vigil is being exercised at all the four airports in the state following the ongoing alert for new corona in some European countries. He said that we have seen some variation in virus here too. However, he said that it would be too early to say whether it was like the new Corona found in Britain or not.
He said that experts are currently doing a detailed study on it. At the same time, he also said that there is no need to panic, but people should take caution as before. Last week, the UK Department of Health said that its genomic analysis and epidemiological evidence showed that a new version of SARS-Cove2 was found in parts of the country. It was 70 percent more dangerous than the current version.
However, a study by the Center for Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine puts the figure at 56 per cent. Many countries have imposed travel restrictions on the country after the new strain surfaced.
Out of 2,500 people returned from Britain in Karnataka, 1,638 people have been screened. Health Minister of Karnataka, Dr. K. Sudhakar said that 14 of them have been found infected with corona. At the same time, corona infection has been found in eight people returned from Britain in Kerala. A female passenger from Aurangabad, Maharashtra, a few weeks ago from Britain, has been found corona infected. Officials said that after 25 November, 44 people, including the woman, had arrived in Aurangabad district from Britain. RT-PCR screening of 11 of those coming from Britain, of which the woman was found infected.
According to reports from different parts of the country, eight people have been found infected with corona in Uttar Pradesh, eight each in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and one each in Assam, Pune and Jammu and Kashmir. The samples of all were sent to NIV Pune for examination to ascertain if any of the new corona strains are present.