NEW DELHI: India’s total tally of patients infected with the mutant strain of Covid-19 from the UK increases to 109 on Thursday, as stated by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
As soon as the new strain of Covid-19 was detected in the UK, the Government of India had quickly flunged into action and had imposed a ban on flights coming to India from the country from December 22 last year. However, this ban has been lifted now but passengers will have to undergo an RT-PCR test both in the UK before boarding their flight and after arriving in India.
Meanwhile, to ensure early action in containing the new strain of the deadly coronavirus, SpiceHealth has collaborated with CSIR-IGIB (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology) to set up a mobile testing laboratory for genome sequencing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport for all positive samples from international travelers, as per an official statement from SpiceHealth.
“Sequencing at the airport is expected to significantly minimize the time to necessary action. CSIR’s experience using portable sequencers suggests that it is possible to identify variants within 48 hours of a person arriving in India and testing positive,” the statement read.