Passengers coming from the UK should undergo RT-PCR test and isolated in a separate unit of an institutional facility if found positive, stated the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedure issued on Tuesday in view of the new variant of coronavirus detected there.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday sought to calm nerves over the new and more infectious strain of coronavirus gripping parts of the United Kingdom, saying the government was “fully alert”.
The new strain of coronavirus, dubbed the “B.1.1.7 lineage” and believed to be far more infectious, has worried countries around the world, many of which, including India, have imposed travel bans on the UK.
World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 77,908,246. While 54,774,170 have recovered, 1,712,844 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 18,487,519 cases, and 326,588 have died from the disease there. It is followed by India, which has 10,075,422 cases, Brazil (7,264,221), Russia (2,877,727), France (2,479,151).
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