4 more from Karnataka test positive for new Covid strain | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The number of people infected by the UK variant of SARS-CoV2 virus in Karnataka went up to seven on Wednesday from three on Tuesday. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa urged all returnees from the UK and other countries to get themselves tested for their own safety and help prevent the spread of the new variant.
“Instead of disappearing, they should get tested. The UK variant spreads very easily… ” he said. Health minister K Sudhakar said that of the 26 UK returnees who had tested positive upon their arrival in Karnataka, seven of them have been infected by the new variant — three are from Bengaluru and four from Shivamogga.
hree B’lureans being treated in govt facilities
The UK variant spreads very easily, and there shouldn’t be unnecessary trouble,” Yediyurappa said. The CM tweeted in the evening: “Dear citizens, the danger of corona has still not subsided. As we enter the New Year, there shouldn’t be even slight negligence about the pandemic. Follow the government’s guidelines and stay safe.”
The three Bengalureans are being treated in government facilities — a mother and her six-year-old daughter are in Victoria hospital — and the same protocol has been followed for the four from Shivamogga. The house of the infected persons in Shivamogga town has been sealed, and vigil is being maintained .
“None of the 26 positive patients, including the seven with the new variant, have shown any severe symptoms. The infection appears to be mild,” Sudhakar said. “However, we have to be cautious as the new variant is known to spread at a faster rate. We’ve identified 39 contacts of the three people in Bengaluru and seven contacts of the four from Shivamogga,” he said.
Of the seven contacts of Shivamogga patients, three have tested positive and it is yet to be determined if they, too, have contracted the new variant. “None of the contacts of the Bengaluru patients have tested positive, which shows quick identification and isolation helped,” Sudhakar added.

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