First news COVID strain case raises alarm in Uttarakhand

  • | Friday | 15th January, 2021

On Thursday, according to the Uttrakhand health department, the first case of the highly infectious new COVID strain was reported in Uttarakhand on Thursday. A 44-year-old person has been found positive for the Covid strain II.

On Thursday, according to the Uttrakhand health department, the first case of the highly infectious new COVID strain was reported in Uttarakhand on Thursday. A 44-year-old person has been found positive for the Covid strain II.

Currently, there are six containment zones - four in Uttarkashi and two in Dehradun.

As of now, the individual was the only one found positive for the new strain, though he came in "contact" with the UK returnees. He had some visitors at his home from Ireland and on suspicion of Covid, he got a test done. Five other persons also got their tests done and just one case was found positive. Thereafter, for gene sequencing, his samples were sent to Delhi and the result came positive.

All other five samples were negative. The patient is a resident of MDDA, Kedarpur, and is currently placed under isolation at Tilu Rauteli women`s hostel.

State district IDSP authority, Dr Rajeev Dixit, said, “A person who came in contact with Ireland returnees has tested positive for Covid strain II.”

According to the health authorities, the person will be kept in isolation for 14 days and another 14 days in quarantine. All the people in the area and the contacts will be tested. If any person tries to flee from the area, it will be converted into a containment zone.

In total, 154 cases were tested positive on Thursday, taking the overall state`s tally to 94,324. Three persons, including a 60-year-old woman, died of the disease. So far, the state has lost 1,596 people to the deadly infection. The highest deaths were recorded in Dehradun (901) followed by Nainital (218), Haridwar (150), US Nagar (114), Pauri (57) and Pithoragarh (45).

Dehradun continues to receive the highest number of positive cases in the state out of all the 13 districts. On Thursday, the state capital had reported 40 cases followed by 37 in Haridwar, 30 in Nainital and 15 in US Nagar.
Results of 9,577 samples are yet to be out while at present there are 2,510 active cases in the state. On Thursday, 187 patients recovered, taking the overall tally to 88,948.



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