Five fliers with new COVID 19 strain isolated in Mumbai

  • | Tuesday | 5th January, 2021

The new strain of novel Coronavirus, which is said to be 70 per cent more infectious, had sneaked into Mumbai even before the state government announced mandatory quarantine for UK fliers on December 21. Among the eight passengers confirmed with the new strain, one each are from Mira-Bhayandar, Thane and Pune, besides the five from the city. They are among the 43 international fliers who tested COVID-19 positive on their arrival in the state before December 21, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday. After December 21, 587 passengers arrived across the state, including 181 from the city and only two of them tested positive for novel Coronavirus. "Out of the 26 passengers who tested positive, 14 have already recovered, including two of the five with the new strain.

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