India has found six folks that returned from Britain in recent weeks with a more infectious strain of the novel coronavirus that has prompted border closures around the world, as its daily increase in cases fell to a six-month low.
We are keeping all 6 patients in isolation, the health ministry said during a statement on Tuesday. He added that they are currently tracking down fellow travellers.
“We have put the close suspects under quarantine,” the ministry said.
India has suspended all flights from Britain until the end of the month, but about 33,000 passengers had flown in from late November, before the ban, the ministry said.
Of those arrivals, findings show 114 people positive for the coronavirus. Checking their samples for the new variant, which detection shows across parts of Europe and Asia, the ministry said.
With 10.22 million confirmed infections, India has the second-highest caseload within the world, behind only the US. But on Tuesday it reported 16,432 new cases, the lowest daily rise since June 25, the ministry said in another statement.
More than 148,150 people have died of COVID-19 in India, consistent with ministry data.
Health authorities expect to begin a vaccination drive for some 300 million people early next month. Together with the Serum Institute of India, which is making the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus shot, expecting its emergency approval within days.
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