India finds 6 scenarios of virus variant, could lengthen Uk flight ban

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – India has uncovered six scenarios of a a lot more infectious strain of the coronavirus, which has prompted border closures all around the world, in individuals arriving from Britain and will most likely increase a flight ban to guard in opposition to it, officers stated on Tuesday.

All 6 of the contaminated folks experienced been stored in isolation, the overall health ministry reported in a statement, adding that their fellow travellers ended up becoming traced.

“Their close contacts have also been set less than quarantine,” the ministry claimed.

India had suspended all flights from Britain until eventually the conclude of the thirty day period over fear about the infectious variant of the virus but about 33,000 travellers experienced flown in from late November, in advance of the ban was enforced, the ministry mentioned.

Of individuals arrivals, 114 men and women had been located constructive for the coronavirus and their samples ended up becoming checked for the new variant, which has been detected throughout areas of Europe and Asia, it reported.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri reported the ban on flights from Britain would in all probability keep on being in power into the New Calendar year.

“I foresee a slight extension,” Puri advised reporters.

“I don’t hope that extension to be a long or indefinite extension.”

With 10.22 million verified bacterial infections, India has the second-best novel coronavirus situation load in the entire world, guiding only the United States.

But on Tuesday it described 16,432 new situations, the lowest every day increase considering that June 25, the health ministry stated.

Far more than 148,150 men and women have died of COVID-19 in India, according to ministry info.

Overall health authorities assume to start out a vaccination generate for some 300 million persons early upcoming month, with the Serum Institute of India, which is generating the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus shot, expecting its unexpected emergency approval within times.

Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar in Bengaluru and Devjyot Ghoshal in Kolkata Enhancing by Jacqueline Wong and Robert Birsel

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