14 new UK strain virus detected in India

Fourteen fresh cases of new mutant coronavirus strain – first reported in the United Kingdom in September – have been registered in India, the government said today.

India, for the first time, on Tuesday recorded six patients infected with the new strain, all travellers who returned from the UK recently.

Delhi has recorded the most number of these cases of new virus strain (8), followed by Bengaluru (7).

The daily new coronavirus infections in India dipped below 20,000 for the third time this month taking the COVID-19 caseload to 1,02,24,303, while the recoveries crossed 98 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a total of 16,432 new infections were reported in a span of 24 hours, the lowest in little over six months, while the death count increased to 1,48,153 with 252 new fatalities, the updated data showed.

Twenty cases of a mutant strain of coronavirus that first surfaced in the UK, have been detected in the country. The new strain is believed to be 70 per cent more infectious, but doctors have said there is no reason yet to believe that it is more lethal or will not be controlled by a vaccine.

All patients have been kept in ‘single room isolation’ in designated healthcare facilities by the state governments. Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine. Comprehensive contact tracing has been started for co-travellers, their families and others, the government said.