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20 UK returnees to India infected with mutated strain of coronavirus

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In a major cause of concern, 14 fresh cases of the new coronavirus strain detected in the UK have been found in India. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the total tally of persons infected with the new coronavirus strain to 20, the health ministry informed on Wednesday.

The Centre had on Tuesday said that six persons who returned to India from the UK have tested positive for the new UK variant genome of coronavirus. The revelation came from the Union health ministry at a time when the daily surge in COVID-19 cases is on the decline.

Notably, the new coronavirus strain detected in the UK is more infectious and there are doubts on whether the existing vaccines against the virus will work on the new strain or not. However, many health experts have asserted that there is no evidence that suggests that the vaccines will not be effective on the mutated strain of coronavirus.

Presence of the mutated UK strain in several countries

It is important to note that the presence of the new UK variant has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore, so far, the ministry said.

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Notably, after the new mutated strain of the virus came to the fore, several countries have banned flight operations to and from the UK, whereas many countries have made COVID-19 test reports mandatory for passengers.

Over 1.02 crore coronavirus cases

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that 20,549 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.02 crore. Also, 286 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,48,439.

 

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