Odisha Government started to trace and test around 61 persons who have returned to Odisha from the United Kingdom in the last 14 days. The passengers’ list was shared by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) with the Odisha Government.
Recently the spread of a mutated strain of COVID-19 has caused the people, due to which the Odisha Government ordered to conduct the RTPCR test and genome sequencing of people who have returned from the UK within 14 days.
Pradipta Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, stated in a letter that as the mutated strain has higher transmissibility than the earlier strains, intense screening of all passengers from the UK is required to prevent the spread of the mutated virus. He further directed the Centre that all the incoming passengers will be subjected to RTPCR test followed by genome sequencing at the Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, which has been declared the designated laboratory SARS-CoV-2-genome sequencing as per the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Along with that, people who have returned from Britain between 25th November and 23rd December are requested to self-register with the helpline no. 104 and 0674-2390466 for monitoring by rapid response teams and testing.
As per the office of the Divisional Commissioner (Delhi Disaster Management Authority), 43 persons from Odisha have returned from the UK, which includes 21 from Bhubaneswar, five from Cuttack, three each from Koraput and Berhampur, two each from Nayagarh and Nabarangpur, and one each from Sambalpur, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Khurda, Puri (Sakhigopal), Balangir and Rajgangpur (Sundargarh).
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