The number of UK returnees and their contacts who have tested positive for Covid increased to 42 on Friday. All of them are currently admitted at a special isolation ward in Lok Nayak Hospital.
Authorities in the districts are tracing contacts of all those who have lately tested positive and all of them are being tested. It is likely that the number may increase further. “The samples of all the positive persons have been sent for genome sequencing to find out if they are infected with the new variant of the coronavirus spreading in the UK or the local coronavirus,” said an official.
All the family members of the new persons testing positive have been put into quarantine.
In an order issued on December 30, Director General of Health Services of Delhi government ordered creation of institutional isolation facility in the private sector for international passengers who have travelled from or transited through United Kingdom in the past four weeks (November 25 to December 24) and tested positive, on payment basis.
The new variant of SARSCoV 2 virus is estimated by European Centre for Disease Control to be more transmissible and affecting younger population. This variant is defined by a set of 17 changes or mutations.