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With as many as 20 passengers from the United Kingdom testing constructive for Covid-19 pressure at airports in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata, the state governments have initiated vigorous contract monitoring of passengers who got here from UK or different European international locations prior to now 10 days.

At least two individuals examined constructive for Covid-19 in Kolkata after coming back from UK, stated West Bengal well being secretary NS Nigam, state well being secretary.

One individual has examined constructive for Covid-19 out of 24 passengers who returned from the UK to Tamil Nadu, stated well being secretary J Radhakrishnan. 15 passengers had been examined on Monday and one other 9 had been examined on Tuesday. “We have also identified another 15 people who were in close contact with the positive person as they travelled together by Air India 553 domestic flight,” Radhakrishnan stated. “They could have been exposed as they sat in rows adjacent to this (infected) individual. They are already in-home quarantine but we are going to test them too.”

The well being division on precedence is monitoring the well being of 1,088 passengers who got here from England within the final seven days who’re prone to be examined within the subsequent stage. As per authorities’s SOP knowledge of all worldwide travellers who arrived after November 25 is being collected.

Seven passengers and a crew member who arrived from the UK in an Air India flight examined constructive for Covid-19, Punjab minister for medical schooling and analysis, OP Soni advised reporters, including that those that examined constructive for the an infection will probably be quarantined. Six passengers at Delhi airport coming from the UK had been additionally discovered constructive for Covid-19.

Four passengers together with a British nationwide who arrived at Ahmedabad on Tuesday morning by an Air India flight from London examined constructive for Covid-19, a metropolis civic official stated. Six passengers at Delhi airport coming from UK had been additionally discovered Covid constructive.

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The swab samples of the Covid-19 constructive passengers have been despatched to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for genomic testing to establish if it’s the brand new pressure of the virus. The check studies would are available in a couple of days. The union well being ministry officers on Tuesday stated that there was no confirmed case of latest coronavirus pressure within the nation.

The British authorities had warned of a potent new pressure of the Covid-19 virus that was ‘out of control’ with 70 per cent extra means to transmit and had imposed a stringent new stay-at-home lockdown from Sunday. India on Monday introduced the suspension of all flights to and from the UK between December 23 and December 31 to forestall the arrival of the brand new Covid-19 pressure that’s believed to unfold the an infection quicker.

As specialists stated that the brand new pressure of the virus would have been there for lengthy and will have escaped the Covid checks, the opportunity of the virus having getting into India can’t be dominated out. The first affirmation of the brand new pressure got here a few week in the past.

However, states reminiscent of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Kerala have began monitoring all passengers who got here from UK and different European international locations prior to now 10 days for Covid-19.

Greater Chennai municipal company deputy commissioner Meghnathan Reddy stated if a UK returnee is discovered constructive, your complete avenue the place they’re staying will probably be examined. “There swab samples will also be sent for genome testing to NIV, Pune,” Radhakrishnan stated. Those testing destructive will probably be despatched residence for 14-day quarantine and constructive instances will probably be referred to hospitals.

From Chennai airport, near 2,000 passengers from the UK got here prior to now week. In case of Kolkata, the quantity is near 1,500. Some of the passengers didn’t get RT-PCRT checks finished, after which they had been examined once more.

“At least 222 passengers on a flight came to Kolkata from London early on Sunday. At least 25 passengers, who didn’t have RT-PCR test reports with them at the time of landing were tested in Kolkata. Two of them tested positive and were shifted to two separate hospitals,” Nigam stated.

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Kaushik Bhattacharya, director of NSCBI airport stated, “If anyone tests positive, the infected person is taken by the state government officials to a Covid-19 designated hospital.”

At Amritsar’s Sri Guru Ramdas Jee International airport, all passengers coming from the UK are being examined for Covid-19, which result in lengthy ready hours for passengers to go away the airport. “Clearing the patients could take some time as all passengers and crew members are being tested for Covid-19,” stated Amritsar assistant deputy commissioner Himanshu Aggarwal.

Ankush, a resident of Faridkot in Punjab, stated his brother Ankur has arrived from the UK. “All our family members have been waiting for him for the past several hours,” PTI quoted him as saying. He accused the authorities of not informing them concerning the time to be taken for his clearance.

In Telangana, the place 358 passengers had arrived prior to now one week from the UK, efforts had been on to hint them, stated Telangana Public Health Director G Srinivas Rao. He added that no case of the brand new pressure of Covid-19 has been confirmed to date and all passengers are being examined for Covid. Hyderabad had 4 direct flights and 7 connecting flights to the UK.

Uttar Pradesh well being division issued instructions to check all passengers who got here again from UK and Europe prior to now one week for Covid-19, an announcement by the state authorities stated. Delhi well being minister Satyendar Jain advised reporters that the federal government officers will go to properties of passengers who’ve arrived from the UK prior to now 10 days to test their well being situation. Similar, normal working process was additionally issued by the Chhattisgarh authorities on Tuesday night.


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