A total of 9 travelers with a history from UK or Middle East countries were found to be COVID-19 positive in Nagpur. As a precautionary measure, these travelers were kept in isolation after suspecting to be infected with a fast-spreading variant of COVID-19 in UK, believed to be up to 70% more transmissible than the original strain.
Out of the total 9 positives, 3 travelers whose report came negative from the National Institute of Virology Pune have been sent home informed Dr Sanjay Chilkar Medical Officer Nagpur. “These three travelers were tested positive and were under institutional quarantine at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Recently their report came from the National Institute of Virology Pune to be negative and as per guidelines we have sent them home although they are supposed to serve a 7 day quarantine period at home and we are in constant touch with them”.
While the remaining 6 are still under quarantine as we are yet to receive their reports from NIV he added. He said that as per the government guidelines these positive patients are required to complete the quarantine duration and their reports must come negative from NIV. And once the reports came negative we will once again do two tests in 24-hour duration and then will discharge them. They will then have to serve 7 day home quarantine”.
These steps are necessary as in past 3-4 days city is witnessing a surge in daily cases.
A Total of 75 travelers have been found positive of COVID-19 with a travel history to other countries from Mumbai-33, Pune-14, Thane-8, Nagpur-9 Nashik, Aurangabad, Raigad & Buldhana-2 each, Osmanabad, Nanded & Washim 1 each
A total of 82 people in India have been identified as carrying the UK variant of Covid-19 strain in the country so far, the health ministry said on Friday. The number of such cases stood at 73 till 6 January.