India reports 20,036 new COVID-19 cases, 256 deaths

India reports 20,036 new COVID-19 cases, 256 deaths

The government on Friday said that a total of 29 people have tested positive for the new strain of Covid-19 in the country.

The passengers who are found Covid-negative after the tests conducted at the airport would be advised home quarantine for 14 days and the concerned state or district administration should regularly follow up with them, it said further.

From November 25 to December 23, 2020, midnight, about 33,000 passengers disembarked at various Indian airports from the UK. All these passengers are being tracked and subjected by States and UTs to RT-PCR tests to track down the mutant strain of Covid-19.

Indian authorities were trying Wednesday to track down tens of thousands of people who entered the country from Britain in recent weeks as cases of a new and fast-spreading coronavirus variant more than doubled in 24 hours.

Earlier, it was believed that the deadly virus targets the young and children, but now it seems young are vulnerable to it and they can spread it to millions more. This means it can lead to more people being hospitalized.

What additional precaution one should take to avoid the new strain?

"You will appreciate that in the wake of New Year and various celebratory events associated with it as well as ongoing winter season, strict vigil is required to be maintained to curb all potential "super spreader" events and places where crowds may gather", health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter.

In the United Kingdom, the administration has ordered all primary schools in London to remain shut for the start of the new term next week to rein in a rise in hospitalisations due to the mutant strain of the coronavirus, reported The Guardian. So, continue wearing a face mask, following hand and personal hygiene, maintaining physical distancing, avoiding unnecessary outings, avoid getting infection from the any variant of coronavirus. Airlines are tasked with ensuring availability of negative test before allowing the passenger on board.

According to the Office for National Statistics Covid Infection Survey, up to Dec 23, positivity rates for cases compatible with the new variant continued to sharply increase since the beginning of December.

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