Six returnees from the UK who reached India have tested positive for the mutated coronavirus.
COVID-19: Six UK returnees found positive for new UK variant genome pic.twitter.com/yB79DCZpgf— ANI (@ANI) December 29, 2020
Earlier this month, UK discovered a mutated, more transmissible virus strain which prompted the government to impose lockdown. Following this, India also suspended incoming flights from UK till 31st December 2020. All passengers from the UK were being tested and now six of those have tested positive with the new strain.
As per reports, the authorities have conceded that the virus has gone ‘out of control’ in the UK. “Unfortunately the new strain was out of control. We have got to get it under control,” informed UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock. The new variant, discovered in September, is said to be 70% more transmissible than its counterpart.