Hundreds of people who have returned from the United Kingdom (UK) are missing or have not cooperated with health officials, some of whom fear they may be affected by a new, high-infection, mutated strain of the identified SARS-CoV-2. The UK, even worse, is spreading it.
Many of the missing are from Karnataka and Telangana, the two states with the highest number of people returning from the UK since November last week.
Of course, it is not clear how many of the nearly 3,500 people from Punjab who returned from the UK are missing, although what a state government official said has yet to be found.
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The Federal Ministry of Health has asked states to test all individuals who have returned from the UK in the past one month using the RT-PCR test, gold quality tests, to detect the Govit-19 virus. From November 25 to midnight on December 23, 2020, about 33,000 passengers disembarked from the UK at various Indian airports, according to a report by the Ministry of Health.
2406 of them came to Karnataka. Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar has said that the local government is struggling to locate about 570 missing persons.
The minister said the state home and police services were on duty to track them down and they had switched off their phones.
Of the 1,614 passengers who arrived in Bangalore, 26 tested positive for Govt-19; And three out of 26 people tested positive for the new virus in the UK. These include a 34-year-old woman and her six-year-old daughter.
“I have been assured that they will all be found within 48 hours,” Sudhakar said. Of the 570 missing passengers, 204 have given their addresses in Bangalore.
Of the 1,100 people who returned to the UK, 279 were not found, Telangana government officials said. The state public health director, Dr. G.S. Srinivasa Rao said. “The rest have been found and their cloth-wiped specimens have been taken for testing,” he said.
Punjab, which monitors returnees in the UK, is not over yet. Dr. Rajesh Bhaskar, Nodal Officer, Govt., Said that people of Punjabi descent landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi in 1822 and at the Guru Ram Das International Airport in Amritsar from Deepavali in 1604.
“We have not yet completed the task of monitoring all of them. Our district administrations are on their toes to monitor them. There are plenty that have yet to be discovered. We are expected to release the exact figures by Wednesday evening. ”
In Tamil Nadu, where one person has tested positive for the new strain of Govt-19, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said the state has been able to locate nearly 2,200 people from the UK since December 1.
“We have provided details of a few who could not be found,” he said, without giving the number of missing.
Of the 181 people who returned from November 30 to December 21, 27 returned to the UK, Odisha health officials said. Public Health Director Dr Niranjan Misra said some of them only gave their phone numbers or vague addresses.
About 20 of the 227 people who have returned to Uttarakhand from the United Kingdom in the past one month have not been found, said Abhishek Tripathi, chief operating officer of the state’s Govt-19.
Authorities say most of the returnees are from Dehradun, and the missing are due to incomplete addresses and mobile numbers.
However, in some states like Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, the administration was able to trace all the returnees and collected cleaning samples from their cloth for RT-PCR tests.
In Uttar Pradesh, Health and Family Welfare Principal Secretary Alok Kumar said 1,655 people who had returned from the UK since December 9, 568 could not be traced.