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Center says rapid-spreading Covid strain in UK not seen in India so far

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The mutant strain of the novel coronavirus first identified in the UK in September has given major headaches to people across the globe. However, center has assured that it has not been seen in India so far. According to initial data the new strain of the virus at least 70 per cent more easily transmitted.

As a precautionary measure India has already imposed a temporary ban on all flights to and from the United Kingdom. The ban will start from midnight Wednesday and will be in place till December 31. The central government this morning has also announced SOPs for all incoming passengers until the ban takes effect.

In a meeting last week, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan had urged people not to panic over the new UK strain of the virus. He said the government is doing its bit and things are under control.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also urged the Centre to immediately ban all flights from the UK due to the “super-spreader” mutation.

“As of now, there is no need to get involved with these imaginary situations, imaginary panic. The Centre is alert and there is no need to panic about it,” said Dr. Vardhan while speaking at the curtain-raiser for the 6th India International Science Festival-2020 (IISF 2020).

“The government is fully conscious about everything. If you ask me, there is no reason to panic the way we are seeing in this press conference.” He also reiterated that the government had done everything that was important to handle the COVID-19 situation in the last one year.

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