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All COVID-19 positive flyers who arrived in India from Dec 9 to 22 to undergo genome sequencing

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All worldwide passengers who arrived in India from (*22*) 9 to (*22*) 22, if discovered symptomatic and examined positive, might be subjected to genome sequencing in a bid to discover if they’ve the brand new UK coronavirus pressure.

Others might be adopted up by the respective states and district surveillance officers and examined as per ICMR pointers, even when asymptomatic, between fifth and tenth day, in accordance to the Union Health Ministry’s steering doc on genomic sequencing.

“All the international passengers who have arrived in India during last 14 days (from 9th December to 22nd December 2020), if symptomatic and tested positive will be subjected to genome sequencing,” it acknowledged.

Besides this, ten regional labs have been recognized by the Centre the place states and Union Territories will ship 5% of their Covid-19 positive samples for genome sequencing to detect the brand new coronavirus variant.

These embrace NIBMG Kolkata, ILS Bhubaneswar, NIV Pune, CCS Pune, CCMB Hyderabad, CDFD Hyderabad, InSTEM Bengaluru, NIMHANS Bengaluru, IGIB Delhi, NCDC Delhi. The state of affairs is below cautious watch and common recommendation is being supplied to the states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to the INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium) labs.

A complete of 20 individuals in India have been discovered with the mutant variant of SARS- CoV-2 virus reported from the United Kingdom, in accordance to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

These embrace the six individuals reported earlier — three in NIMHANS, Bengaluru, two in CCMB, Hyderabad and one in NIV, Pune.

The UK authorities had lately introduced that the newly recognized pressure of the virus discovered in their inhabitants is up to 70% extra transmissible.

The presence of the brand new UK variant has already been reported by Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, (*9*), Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.

Pursuant to the announcement by the British authorities, India had taken cognizance of the studies of mutant variant and put in place a pro-active and preventive technique to detect and include the mutant variant.

Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri mentioned on Wednesday that passenger flights between the UK and India would stay suspended until January 7 and they’ll resume in a “strictly regulated” method thereafter. The Civil Aviation Ministry had final week suspended all flights between the European nation and India from (*22*) 23 to (*22*) 31 as a mutated variant of the coronavirus was detected there.

From November 25 to (*22*) 23 midnight, about 33,000 passengers disembarked at varied Indian airports from UK. All these passengers are being tracked and subjected by states and UTs to RT-PCR assessments.

(With company inputs)

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