The Indian Ministry of Health issued a statement on the morning of the 29th local time, saying that in the recent COVID-19 tests of people entering India from the United Kingdom, it was found that at least six confirmed patients so far have the same virus gene sequence as the mutant novel coronavirus found in the United Kingdom.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement that three of the six people were in Bangalore, two in Hyderabad and one in Pune. All six patients have been quarantined, and their close contacts are further screening and isolation.
According to the statistics of Indian authorities, from November 25 to December 23, about 33,000 people entered India from the United Kingdom.
However, Telangana police in India recently said that at least 279 passengers returning to the state from the United Kingdom have been found missing so far, of whom 184 have left false addresses and personal information such as telephones.
As soon as the news came out, it immediately aroused the concern of Indian government departments, the media and the public about the current epidemic prevention and control situation in India. It is reported that relevant departments are intensifying the tracking and screening of Indian tourists who have recently entered the United Kingdom.
In order to prevent the emergence of mutant coronavirus in the UK, the Indian government has banned all flights from the United Kingdom to India on the 22nd of this month, and the ban will continue until the 31st of this month.
At the same time, India has also adjusted its isolation policy for passengers entering Europe and the Middle East.
According to the data released by the Ministry of Health of India, as of 8 a.m. local time on the 29th, 16,432 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India in the past 24 hours, with a total of 10.224303 confirmed cases and a total of 148,153 deaths.