Three infected with UK variant of coronavirus from Bengaluru, under treatment | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The health ministry on Tuesday said seven UK returnees are found to have been infected with the UK variant of coronavirus which causes Covid-19, and three of them are in Bengaluru.
A woman and her daughter, from Bommanahalli, are among the three persons from Bengaluru. The duo was shifted to Victoria Hospital on December 21 after they tested positive. The third patient is in isolation. As per the Centre’s guidelines, all UK returnees who tested positive will be in isolation for 28 days.
We are tracing UK returnees’ contacts: Minister
Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar said the UK returnees who tested positive are being isolated and treated. Their primary and secondary contacts are being traced and advised to be in quarantine, he added. Karnataka, which has had over 2,000 UK returnees in December till the flights were suspended, tested 1,614 persons and found 26 positive.
Designated labs directly send results of genomes sequenced to the Indian Council of Medical Research, and the health ministry released the initial details on Tuesday.
Stating that details of copassengers have been collected from the civil aviation ministry, Sudhakar said: “ICMR has been collecting information of positive persons who returned from the UK. This is a uniform and centralised system. There is no need for panic as many returnees tested negative. We’re tracing passengers who have switched off their mobile phones.”
According to the ministry of health and family welfare, about 33,000 people disembarked at various Indian airports from the UK between November 25 and December 23, of whom 114 have tested positive. Their samples are being sequenced at the 10 designated labs.
As of Tuesday (December 29) morning, genomes from six patients — three sequenced at Nimhans, Bengaluru, two at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, and one at the National Institute of Virology, Pune — were found to be the new UK variant. All these persons are in single-room isolation in designated healthcare facilities.
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