The Ministry of Health of India said on January 5th local time that according to the results of genome sequencing, another 20 confirmed patients with COVID-19 in India found that the same viral gene sequence as the mutant novel coronavirus found in the United Kingdom.
This brings the number of patients infected with mutant COVID-19 in India to 58.
The Ministry of Health of India said in a statement that all infected people have been quarantined in independent wards of medical institutions designated by the state governments.
Their travel contacts and close contacts are also being tracked and quarantined.
According to data from the Government of India, from 25 November to midnight on 23 December 2020, approximately 33,000 passengers arrived at airports across India from the United Kingdom.
The government requires all passengers entering the UK to undergo medical follow-up observation and nucleic acid testing.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation of India plans to conditionally open flights from India to and from the United Kingdom from January 8 this year: from January 8 to 23, Indian flights to and from the United Kingdom will be limited to 15 times a week, and only to New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad to the United Kingdom.