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Saturday, 26 December 2020

15 in Panchkula to be tested for new strain

Panchkula, December 25

A list of 15 UK-returned persons has been given to the Civil Surgeon of Panchkula by the administration to trace and test them for the new strain of Covid-19.

The step has been taken in the wake of a letter issued the by Director General, Health Services, Panchkula, to the DC and the Civil Surgeon regarding "enhanced epidemiological surveillance, enhanced containment and

other measures to effectively tackle the distinct phylogenetic cluster of the SARS-CoV-2

variant in districts".

As immediate measures, the letter states, all passengers arriving from the UK should be subjected to the mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport. Those found positive on arrival must be sent for institutional quarantine/isolation. Those found negative should be advised to isolate themselves at home for seven days and should be medically monitored.

DC Mukesh Kumar Ahuja said, "A committee was constituted under the SDM to trace people who came to Panchkula from December 1 onwards." A source from the Panchkula Civil Hospital said, "Even those who are asymptomatic will be tested after seven days and those found positive will be kept in isolation while their results would be sent to Pune for genome sequencing." — TNS

from The Tribune

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