On Wednesday, state health minister Rajesh Tope stated that Maharashtra has not recorded any case of the new mutant coronavirus strain that surfaced in the United Kingdom yet.
According to the health minister, “As many as 43 samples of the UK returnees, who tested positive for Covid-19, were sent for genetic analysis. But no sample was tested for the new strain.”
Reportedly, Maharashtra government had banned travel to and from the UK much before the Central government did so. Besides this the stat government also very serious regarding the swab tests of UK returnees and is taking care that no one misses out.
Stating further on new COVID 19 strain Tope said, “In any case, if someone has missed out and we get to know it, we will take a befitting action following the protocol.”
When asked about the precautionary steps taken by the state government for the new coronavirus strain, Tope said that authorities will take care that the Standard operating procedures (SoPs) will be strictly executed by the people. “If necessary, we have asked the local authorities across the state to increase the fine for not following the SoPs,” cited the minister.
The Uddhav Thackeray led government want to achieve the goal of ‘Zero COVID-19’ cases in the state.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday India has recorded 14 fresh cases of new strain of COVID 10, which was first reported in the United Kingdom in September this year. With the addition of 14 new cases the total number of such cases surge to 20 in the country.