Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India, December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India, December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

New coronavirus strain in India: Here are some states where cases have been found

14 more people have tested positive for the new strain taking the total to 20, the Union health ministry announced on Wednesday.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 04:37 PM IST

The number of returnees to India from the United Kingdom, who have tested positive for the new coronavirus mutant genome discovered there in September, has risen from six on Tuesday to 20, the Union health ministry reported on Wednesday. The returnees, who have tested positive, are from a number of states.

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Here are some of the states/Union territories (UT), returnees to where have been found positive for the new Covid-19 strain:

Karnataka: The state which seems to have borne the brunt of the new coronavirus strain is Karnataka. In addition to three who were found positive on Tuesday, four more tested positive on Wednesday, taking the total to seven. The four, who are from Shivamogga, belong to the same family and had recently returned from the UK.

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Delhi: Of the 20 people found positive, four are from Delhi. They tested positive on Wednesday and have been isolated in separate rooms at the capital’s Lok Nayak Hospital. None is symptomatic for Covid-19 and all continue to be stable, authorities said.

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Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh: At least one returnee each to the three southern states have tested positive for the new coronavirus strain. Tamil Nadu health secretary J Radhakrishnan confirmed on Tuesday that a UK returnee to the state was positive. The cases from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, meanwhile, were reported from Warangal and Nellore, respectively.

Uttar Pradesh: A two-year-old girl was found positive in the country’s most populous state, prompting health officials to issue an alert, Hindustan Times’ sister publication Hindustan has reported.

Also Read | High alert in UP after first case of new UK strain of Covid-19 found: Report

West Bengal: The state recorded its first case of the new strain on Wednesday, news agency PTI quoted Bengal health officials as saying. The patient is the son of a senior official of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and had recently returned from London, PTI reported.

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