India finds six new cases of coronavirus variant

Vastavam web: India has found six people who returned from Britain in recent weeks with a more infectious strain of the novel coronavirus that has prompted border closures around the world, even as its daily increase in cases fell to a six-month low. All six patients have been kept in isolation, the health ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that their fellow travellers were being tracked down. India has suspended all flights from Britain until the end of the month but about 33,000 passengers had flown in from late November, before the ban, the ministry said.

Of those arrivals, 114 people were found positive for the coronavirus and their samples were being checked for the new variant, which has been detected across parts of Europe and Asia, the ministry said. More than 148,150 people have died of COVID-19 in India, according to ministry data.

Source: Reuters