India has reported 38 cases of the new mutated strain of coronavirus, officials from the Union ministry of health and family welfare said on Monday. All those who have been infected by the new virus strain have been kept in single room isolation in designated healthcare facilities by respective state governments and their close contacts have also been put under quarantine, the ministry said.
The country had seen 29 cases of this strain – which was first found in the United Kingdom – last week.
The new variant of coronavirus disease – B.1.1.7 – has been dubbed as highly infectious by scientists and medical experts as the UK government has confirmed that the infection rates have increased faster than expected in the affected areas where the new strain has been circulating and stronger measures are required to get the virus under control.
The ministry said that from November 25 to December 23 midnight, about 33,000 passengers disembarked at various Indian airports from the UK. All these passengers are being tracked and subjected to RT-PCR tests by states and Union Territories. India took cognizance of the reports of the virus strain reported from the UK and put in place a proactive and preventive strategy to detect and contain the mutant variant, it said.