April 17, 2021

Samples of 22 contacts of UK returnees NIV | Mumbai News

Mumbai: Samples of 22 contacts of UK returnees diagnosed with corona virus have been sent to the National Institute of Virology for genetic modification. Across the state, 513 contacts were found among 72 positive UK returnees, of whom 329 were tested, 30 of whom have so far been positive.
The state public health department on Wednesday said 4,854 international travelers were found in Maharashtra, of which 3,438 were screened. Of these, 72 tested positive for Covid-19, and eight new SARS-Cov2 strains, known as the B.1.1.7 lineage, are now contagious and are said to be the most dominant variant in the UK. Of the eight, five are from Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Mira-Payandar. Dr. Daksha Shah of PMC said about the five cases in Mumbai, two were residents of Gujarat and Goa. He said all positive patient interactions were isolated.
State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awade said all the eight passengers were asymptomatic. Two (one each from Pune and Mumbai) were expelled after 14 days of isolation. Two consecutive samples were found to be negative by RT-PCR, ”he said. Dr Archana Patil, head of the Directorate of Health Services, said patients with strain were being kept in separate wards. Across India, 73 people have been diagnosed with UK difficulty. tnn
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