New Covid-19 Strain: Rajasthan Start Tracking 811 British Tourists

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The govt. of Rajasthan has start tracking 811 British tourists, who have arrived over the last two months in the state amid the fear of more contagious coronavirus strain found in the UK. A officials said the Centre has shared the details of the tourists with the state government.

“The details of tourists have been forwarded to district collectors and also directed them to ensure isolation and testing of the tourists. The department is on its toes and there was no need to panic,” said Additional director (health) Raviprakash Sharma

As per the details share by the Centre government, a bulk of these British (333) tourists have arrived in Jaipur followed by Jodhpur (73), Ajmer (70), Alwar (48), Udaipur (43), Kota (39), Jhunjhunu (24).

Jaipur’s chief medical health officer, Narottam Sharma, said the screening and sampling work has begun. “We are to monitor all those who have arrived from the UK. … In three-four days, we will be able to reach every single tourist from the UK in Jaipur.”

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It must be noted that, to prevent the spread of the new variant, which is believed to be 70% more transmissible, the Govt. of India on 23rd Dec has suspend all flights originating from the UK to India till 31st December 2020 (23.59 hours).

The Centre has issued guidelines asking states to ensure passengers from the UK are subjected to Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests on arrival.


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