A total of 38 samples in India have tested positive with the new UK COVID-19 variant.
Ten have been detected at NIMHANS Bengaluru, three at Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology Hyderabad, five at National Institute of Virology, Pune, 11 at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, eight at the National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi and one at NCBG, Kolkata.
To control the spread of this mutated variant of the virus, authorities have started comprehensive contact tracing for co-travellers, family contacts and others.
The Union health ministry had said last week that the situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to the states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG labs.
So far, the UK variant has already been reported by Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Australia, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Lebanon Singapore and Japan.
According to government data, nearly 33,000 passengers disembarked at various Indian airports from the UK between November 25 to December 23 midnight.
All these passengers are being tracked and subjected by states and UTs to RT-PCR tests.