20 flyers from UK test positive for Covid 19 in 2
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NEW DELHI: Around 20 passengers and crew coming from Heathrow airport examined positive for Covid-19 virus at 5 worldwide airports — Delhi, Amritsar, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Chennai — after all of the passengers and crew of Air India flights from London had been screened utilizing RT-PCR check within the final two days.
All the swab samples have been despatched to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, to test if the virus is of a distinct pressure — a extra virulent one — detected not too long ago in south England.
While 5 flyers and crew examined constructive on the IGI airport in Delhi, seven passengers and one crew member examined constructive on the Amritsar worldwide airport, at the same time as two flyers at Kolkata, 4 at Ahmedabad, and one at Chennai examined constructive on Tuesday.
In gentle of the brand new Covid-19 viral pressure discovered within the UK, mentioned to be a brilliant spreader with claims of it being 70% extra transmissible, Indian authorities has quickly suspended all passenger flights from the UK.
The final two flights scheduled to reach in Delhi earlier than the given deadline of 23:59 hrs on 22 December had been therefore ordered to bear necessary RT-PCR assessments on the airport.
The passengers who got here from the second of the 2 scheduled flights had been additionally examined however none of them had been reported to be constructive till this report was filed. There had been a complete of over 470 passengers in each the flights mixed, an official confirmed.
GMR DIAL organized a separate ready lounge in order that there is no such thing as a scope of transmission. Dr Gauri Agarwal, founder and director of Genstrings lab, mentioned the 5 constructive samples at Delhi have been despatched to National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for analysis on the brand new pressure utilizing Next Gen Sequencing expertise which is able to assist perceive the implications on ongoing vaccine efficacy.
Seven passengers and one crew member of Air India London-Amritsar flight examined constructive for Covid-19 virus at Amritsar airport on Tuesday. This was Air India’s final flight from London on Tuesday.
In Kolkata, two flyers from London who arrived by the Air India flight on Sunday morning examined constructive for Covid. In Ahmedabad, 4 passengers who arrived by an Air India flight examined constructive. They had been among the many 269 passengers and crew members who arrived within the metropolis from London. In Chennai, a passenger who arrived from the UK examined constructive for Covid-19 virus at Chennai airport on Tuesday. The affected person is asymptomatic and is admitted to the National Institute of Ageing in Guindy.

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