Karnataka has 7 cases of new COVID-19 strain; 199 UK returnees missing: Health Minister K Sudhakar

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KEY STORY

  • Bengaluru (Karnataka): The total number of people confirmed to be infected with the new UK strain of COVID-19 virus has risen to 25 in India. Of these, seven persons have been detected with the new coronavirus variant in Karnataka.

Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar

  • Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Wednesday said that there are seven people in the state who have been detected with the new COVID-19 variant, which is more infectious and transmissible.
    “Out of the UK returnees, seven people in Karnataka have contracted this new variant. 3 under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits and 4 in Shivamogga are infected. Everyone must follow the government guidelines to contain new variant, institutional quarantine must be strictly adhered with,” Sudhakar said yesterday.
  • The minister said of the total number of people who have returned to the state from the United Kingdom where the new variant was first detected, 30 have tested positive for COVID-19 and four of their relatives have also contracted coronavirus.
    Out of these 30, the new variant has been detected in seven persons.
  • The minister said 199 people who returned from the UK are missing and 80 of them are foreign nationals. 24 people have been traced by our home department yesterday, he said.

CONCLUSION

  • “We are making all possible efforts to trace the others,” the minister stated.
  • Meanwhile, Karnataka yesterday reported 973 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths. The overall COVID-19 tally in the state has risen to 9,18,544, while the death toll stands at 12,081.
  • The health department said 1,217 patients recovered from the disease yesterday and a total of 11,610 active cases are there in the state. Overall recoveries stand at 8,94,834.

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