Three more Bengalureans infected with UK strain; Karnataka’s tally 10 | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Three more Covid-19-positive Bengalureans were on Friday found to be infected with the UK variant of the virus, taking the total of such cases in Karnataka to 10, reports Sunitha Rao R.
Earlier, three persons from the city and four from Shivamogga were found to have been infected with the new strain.
Health minister K Sudhakar said that authorities are yet to trace 75 UK returnees who landed in Karnataka since Nov 25.
As of Friday morning, 33 UK returnees tested positive for Covid: Minister
Two of the three new infected persons in Bengaluru have UK travel history: A 40-year-old woman from Rajajinagar and a Bommanahalli man, whose wife and daughter were earlier this week found infected with the new variant. The Rajajinagar woman’s 73-year-old mother, a primary contact, is the third infected person.
“With this, we’ve six persons in Bengaluru infected with the variant,” confirmed Rajendra Cholan, special commissioner, health, BBMP. The elderly woman is the first primary contact to be infected with the new variant, which has led to concerns.
A 63-year-old man, grandfather of the six-year-old Bommanahalli girl, has tested positive for Covid-19. He was hospitalised on Friday evening and his swab sample has been sent to Nimhans for genomic sequencing.
75 UK returnees to be traced
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The Karnataka government is yet to trace the whereabouts of 75 UK returnees who have landed in Karnataka since November 25. “We are tracing them along with the home department,” health minister K Sudhakar said. Of them, 70 have addresses in BBMP limits and the rest from other districts.
From November 25, a total of 5,068 persons from the UK have entered Karnataka. Of them, 4,238 have landed in Bengaluru since December 9. Of them, total 810 are from other states and they had landed in Bengaluru. Their data have been shared with the respective states.
“As of Friday morning, 33 UK returnees have tested positive for Covid. Besides, five of their contacts have also turned positive and their reports are also sent for genomic sequencing,” said the health minister.



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