India becomes aware of a new strain of coronavirus, SoP released

New Delhi: The Government of India, taking cognizance of the news of the new species of the Covid-19 virus in Britain, prepared a proactive strategy ahead of time to detect and sequester its genome sequencing and control and rescue it. Have done.

This strategy includes, but is not limited to:

Temporary halt on all flights arriving from the UK from midnight of 23 December 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Essentially RT-PCR testing of all aircraft passengers arriving from the UK.

For detection of genome sequencing of all samples found positive in RT-PCR testing, they were sent to ten government laboratories ie INSACOG identified for this purpose.

Organizing the National Task Force (NTF) meeting on 26 December in connection with Kovid-19 to consider and suggest testing, treatment, monitoring, and control strategies.

Standard Operating Protocol issued to States / UTs on 22 December 2020 to mutually deal with SARS Kovid-2 found in the UK.

This entire matter was discussed in detail on behalf of the National Task Force (NTF) at the December 26, 2020 meeting, and concluded that the new national mutant form of SARS COVID-2 was in view of the existing national treatment protocol or existing test protocol There is no need for any kind of change. The NTF also suggested that it would be better to focus more on monitoring the genome sequencing of the new form of Covid-19, if anything is to be done in addition to the current monitoring strategy.

From midnight of 25 November to 23 December 2020, around 33,000 passengers arrived at different airports from Britain to India. All these passengers are being detected by the States / UTs and are being sent for the RT-PCR test. So far only 114 samples of these travelers have been found positive. Ten of these (INSACOG) laboratories (NIBMG Kolkata, ILS Bhubaneswar, NIV-Pune, CCS-Pune, CCMB-Hyderabad, CDFD-Hyderabad, INSTEM-Bengaluru, have been identified for this work to detect genome sequencing of these samples) Nimhas-Bengaluru, IGIB-Delhi, and NCDC Delhi).

Samples of 6 aircraft passengers returned from Britain have been found infected with SARS-2. Three of them have been reported to be infected at the Nimhas laboratory in Bangalore, two at CCMB laboratory in Hyderabad, and one at NIV laboratory in Pune.

All these individuals have been kept in separate rooms in the health care centers as per the arrangements made by the respective state governments. People in close contact with these people have also been quarantined. An intensive campaign has been launched to trace his family members, other passengers, and other people who came with him on the plane. The work of genome sequencing detection of other samples is also underway.

The situation is being carefully monitored and at the same time states are regularly being advised to maintain their system of monitoring and control and send them to identified laboratories for testing of samples.

It is significant that SARS Covid-2, a new mutant form of Covid in the UK, has so far been found in Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon, and Singapore.