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    Published On : Thu, Dec 24th, 2020

    Shocking!! New Coronavirus strain suspected patient detected in Nagpur

    Nagpur: While the country is recovering from novel Coronavirus, an immune form of Coronavirus strain has found wreaking havoc in United Kingdom. However, in a shocking revaluation that could derail the life movement in Maharashtra, one of such Coronavirus Strain suspected patients was detected in Nagpur, District Administration said on Thursday.

    Suspecting possibility of a new mutated variant of the Covid-19 virus, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation sent samples of a 28-year-old infected man to National Institute of Virology, Pune, on Wednesday to check whether the viral genome sequencing resembles the mutated strain B.1.1.7 lineage reported in the UK.

    Health officials said the man had returned from the UK on November 29. He developed fever and other symptoms of Covid-19 in early December and tested positive on December 14.

    “The person concerned on his own informed us about his travel history to the United Kingdom. He returned to Nagpur from the UK 15 days back,” NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B told new media. His RT-PCR test was conducted on Tuesday and he tested positive on Wednesday. The patient’s swab samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for further examination, the official said.

    “We don’t know whether it is the old mutant or new mutant (of the virus). He has mild symptoms and as a precautionary measure, he has been kept at a different ward in the Government Medical College and Hospital here,” he said.

    Three-four family members of the person have also been tested. They are quarantined at home and are being monitored, the civic chief said. He appealed to people having recent travel history to the UK and Europe to come forward and get themselves tested.

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