Coronavirus Pandemic

New coronavirus strain 'still not found in India'

Reuters/New Delhi
Filed on December 22, 2020
People wearing protective face masks wait for passengers to arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai, after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus. — Reuters

The new virus strain would have no impact on vaccines being developed in India, says official.

The new more transmissible strain of the coronavirus detected in Britain has not yet been found in India, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Health authorities are preparing to screen all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom since November 25.

V.K. Paul, a top Covid-19 adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the new virus strain would have no impact on vaccines being developed in India.

India has suspended all flights from Britain starting Wednesday until the end of the year.


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