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    Published On : Wed, Dec 30th, 2020

    6 samples of UK returnees to Nagpur to undergo genomic sequencing at NIV

    A total of 43 persons in the state have tested Covid positive after returning from UK and 32 of the samples have been sent for genomic sequencing to NIV.

    Nagpur/Pune: While the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) has found the UK variant of the coronavirus in one sample – taken from a man from Chennai — state health authorities said that so far, no sample from Maharashtra has tested positive.

    A total of 43 persons in the state have tested Covid positive after returning from UK and 32 of the samples have been sent for genomic sequencing to NIV. Results are expected in a day or two, state Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate told to an English daily.

    The state Health department has traced as many as 3,900 travellers from UK who have returned to India since the new virus was detected. Of these, 366 travellers have completed 28 days from their arrival in India. A total of 2,516 were tested via RT-PCR, of which 43 were found to be Covid positive. Of these, 15 are from Mumbai, seven from Thane, six each from Nagpur and Pune, two each from Nashik, Aurangabad and Buldhana, and one each from Nanded, Raigad and Washim.

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