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47-year-old UK Returnee Tests Positive for New Covid-19 Strain in Andhra Pradesh, Govt Says No Need to Panic

For representation: A person wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carries luggage at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi. (Reuters)

For representation: A person wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carries luggage at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi. (Reuters)

Of the 12 UK returned passengers who tested positive for COVID19, only the woman had the new strain, state Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said, citing a report of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad.

A 47-year-old woman, who returned to Rajamahendravaram in Andhra Pradesh on December 23, was found to have contracted the new mutated strain of coronavirus but the state health department maintained that there was no spread of the fresh strain in AP. Of the 12 UK-returned passengers who tested positive for COVID-19, only the woman had the new strain, state Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said, citing a report of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad.

"Her son tested negative while another person who came in contact with her also did not contract any virus," Bhaskar said in a release. There was no trace that the new UK strain of coronavirus has spread in the state, he asserted.

"We are constantly monitoring the situation and there is no need to panic. I appeal to people not to believe in rumours," the Commissioner added. Bhaskar said 1,423 people came to the state from the UK in recent days and 1,406 of them have been traced.

RT-PCR tests revealed that 12 had tested positive for COVID-19. Also, 12 out of 6,364 of the UK returnees primary contacts also tested positive for the infection. "We have sent all these samples for genomic examination to the CCMB in Hyderabad. We are awaiting the results of 23 samples," the Health Commissioner said.


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