11 out of 738 UK returnees test Covid positive in Mumbai

11 out of 738 UK returnees test Covid positive in Mumbai

Eleven passengers who had returned to Mumbai from the UK recently have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had conducted RT-PCR tests on 738 passengers who had flown from the UK to Mumbai, out of which a total of 11 have now been found to be Covid positive.

Their test samples are now being sent to the National School of Virology (NIV) in Pune for genome sequencing. It is genome sequencing which will determine whether these passengers have the mutant virus SARS COV-2 strain or not.

BMC officials say that they have been keeping track of passengers who have returned to Mumbai since November 25.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said, "Mumbai need not be scared. All passengers are not from Mumbai. We are housing passengers across Maharashtra. Some of them are from outside Mumbai as well. But there is no doubt that we have to be careful. Genome sequencing is yet to be done which will determine whether they have the mutant strain or not. The samples will now be sent to NIV Pune."

The test results of the passengers from Europe, the Middle East and South Africa will start flowing in from tomorrow.