India confirms the new Coronavirus strain as six travellers, all from the UK, test positive. The mutated strain is 70% more transmissible than the previous strain.
The New Strain of Coronavirus
While three patients are in NIMHANS of Bengaluru, two are in CCMB, Hyderabad, and NIV, Pune. Also, the Health Ministry stated that the respective state governments had kept patients in single room isolation. Moreover, their close contacts have been put under home quarantine. Besides, the government is rigorously contact tracing co-travellers and families to stop the spread of the virus.
Temporary Suspension of Flights Between the UK and India till 7th January 2021
Citing the situation, the Indian government has suspended all flights to and from the UK till 7th January 2021. Earlier, this ban was till 31st December 2020. Around 50 countries, including Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, have imposed travel restrictions on Britain.
Health Ministry Ramps up Efforts
The Health Ministry has ramped up its efforts to cope with the new strain. It has ordered genome sequencing of all symptomatic and positive samples of international passengers who have arrived in India between 9th and 22nd December.