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Coronavirus | 116 people infected with U.K. variant of COVID-19 in India: Govt.

Municipal workers in personal protective equipment look on as passengers from United Kingdom arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai on December 22, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The number of people who have tested positive for the new U.K. variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the country has climbed to 116, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

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"The total number of persons found infected with the new U.K. variant genome is 116," the Ministry said.

All these persons have been kept in single-room isolation in designated healthcare facilities by respective State governments, the Ministry earlier had said.

Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine. Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other specimens is going on, the Ministry said.

The situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to the states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium) labs.

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The presence of the new U.K. variant has already been reported by several countries including Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.

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