Of the 14 Covid-19 samples processed by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to test genome sequencing, eight have examined constructive for the brand new variant discovered within the UK, knowledgeable the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday. The 14 samples had been despatched to the lab from the Delhi airport, the place the passengers travelling from the UK had examined constructive.
Senior officers from the well being division stated amongst these with the brand new variant, three are from Punjab, two from Haryana and one every from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra. One of the returnees discovered carrying the variant had fled to Andhra Pradesh from Delhi and is admitted to a hospital there.
“The remaining seven are availing treatment in the special ward of Lok Nayak hospital. Of the first group of flyers who tested positive for Covid-19, three have been found to have the new variant. Among them, two are from Punjab and one from Andhra Pradesh,” stated a senior official from the state well being division.
Delhi, in the meantime, reported 677 new circumstances of Covid-19 and 21 deaths within the final 24 hours, taking the whole variety of confirmed circumstances to six,24,795 and the demise toll to 10,523. The each day positivity fee has been recorded at 0.80% whereas the demise fee based mostly on the final 10 days’ knowledge has been recorded at 3.16%.
The Delhi authorities has designated Lok Nayak hospital for the therapy of all passengers from the UK who check constructive for Covid-19. There are 38 sufferers admitted within the particular ward of the hospital. A senior physician from the hospital stated, “The report of genome sequencing of 28 passengers is still awaited.”
On Wednesday, the Delhi authorities additionally directed 4 personal hospitals — Max hospital in Saket, Batra hospital in Tughlakabad, Fortis hospital in Vasant Kunj and Sir Ganga Ram hospital — to create particular isolation wards for passengers who’ve travelled from or transited by the UK between November 25 and December 24.
While the Civil Aviation Ministry had suspended flights from the UK instantly after the brand new pressure was found, the 2 flights through which 11 passengers examined constructive for Covid-19 landed in Delhi later.
“The state government had then decided to test all the passengers who had travelled from the UK between November 25 and December 23. A list was shared with each district and contacts of those tested positive have been quarantined. While we are sharing the list with other states of all the passengers who have de-boarded the flight at the Delhi airport, we are also asking for the list of Delhi residents who are in other states and have travelled from the UK,” stated one other district official.