India on Tuesday reported the first eight cases of the mutant COVID-19 strain as eight UK returnees tested positive for COVID-19
A report by Times of India stated that the samples of the mutated UK strain were detected in samples in National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, in Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, and one in National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune and King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research in Chennai.
According to reports, All these people have been kept in single room isolation in designated health care facilities and their close contacts have also been put under quarantine.
Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others.
Meanwhile, he Health Ministry on Tuesday informed that the daily new COVID-19 cases in India have touched a new low with less than 16,500 positive cases after 187 days. On June 25, the daily new cases were 16,922.
The daily new COVID infections in the country dipped below 20,000 for the third time this month taking the total tally to 1,02,24,303 while the recoveries crossed 98 lakh. A total of 16,432 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours while the death toll increased to 1,48,153 with 252 new fatalities.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 98,07,569 pushing the national recovery rate to 95.92 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the eighth consecutive day. There are 2,68,581 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 2.63 percent of the total caseload.
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