As many as 15 contacts of 13 COVID-infected UK returnees have also tested positive for the dreaded virus, the government said, but assured all the 28 people were doing well.
According to a government bulletin, 1,074 people were discharged on Monday after being cured of the virus, pushing the total recoveries to 7,94,228. Subsequently, active cases stood at 8,867.
Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said the government was monitoring those having returned from the UK, where a new “out of control” variant of the virus has been detected.
While a total of 13 returnees have been infected with the virus, 15 of their contacts have also tested positive, said the minister adding their samples have been sent to Pune for genomic analysis to know if they are infected with the new strain.
The government has put in place an effective tracking and tracing mechanism, following which one infected person who landed at Bengaluru from the UK and travelled to Theni by road has been detected, the minister added.