None of the international passengers to have arrived in Maharashtra as of late were found infected with the new Covid strain found in the United Kingdom. Till Saturday, 68 travelers who got back from the UK between November 25 and December 22 have tested positive for Covid 19 yet not with the new strain.
“4,474 UK passengers who had arrived between November 15 and December 23 have been followed till date. RT-PCR tests have been led on 3,278 of them 68 samples were found positive but they are yet to be found infected with the new variant,” said Maharashtra surveillance office Pradip Awate. The samples of those testing positive were sent off the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune to learn the kind of virus they are infected with. Results for six of the 68 Coronavirus positive passengers are awaited.
29 of these Covid-19 positive passengers are from Mumbai, 13 are from Pune, 7 from Thane, 9 from Nagpur, two each from Nashik, Aurangabad, Raigad, Buldhana and one each from Nanded and Washim. The state government has put the administration on alert after the revelation of the new freak of Covid-19, accepted to be significantly more infectious than all the past strains.
The state government has also begun following contacts of the peoples who tested positive. “We have traced 426 people who have come in contact with the UK returnees found positive with Covid-19 infection and 26 of them have tested positive,” Dr Awate said.