43 persons with UK travel history of last 14 days returned to Odisha: Govt

Bhubaneswar: Amid the new coronavirus strain scare, the Odisha government today said as many as 43 persons with the United Kingdom travel history of last 14 days reached different parts of the State.

Additional Chief Secretary of Health and Family Welfare department PK Mohapatra alerted the District Administrations, Municipal Commissioners and Chief District Medical Officers about the persons returning from the UK since December 7, 2020.

In a letter, Mohapatra directed the administrations and Municipal Commissioners to carry out intense surveillance, contact tracing, RT-PCR test of all the passengers from the UK and the persons came in contact with them to prevent the spread of the mutated COVID virus in the State.

The letter mentioned the mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 reported from the UK has been higher transmissible as compared to the earlier strains.

As per the data provided by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and shared with the Odisha government, out of 43 UK returnees, 21 went to Bhubaneswar, one to Khorda, five to Cuttack, three each to Koraput and Berhampur and two each to Nayagarh and Nabarangpur, one each to Jajpur, Rajgangpur, Sambalpur, Jagatsinghpur and Sakhigopal.

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