India records 6 new Covid-19 strain cases as UK returnees test positive

The country registered six cases of a Covid-19 mutant strain on Tuesday, which is 70 percent more transmissible and was first identified a few days ago in the United Kingdom.

The six patients have all recently returned from the UK. From all the samples tested, three samples were found in NIMHANS of Bengaluru, two in CCMB, Hyderabad and one in NIV, Pune, as per a government release. The Central Government has adopted a pro-active and preventive strategy to identify and contain the mutant form, taking cognizance of the reports of the new Covid-19 strain being detected in the region.

The six infected individuals have been held in single-room isolation by the respective state governments of the country in designated health care facilities. The infected people's nearest contacts have also been placed under quarantine.