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One passenger, who arrived from London via Delhi, test positive for SARs-CoV2 at airport

Chennai: Amid reports of spread of distinct phylognetic cluster of SARs-CoV2 in the United Kingdom, one of the 14 passengers who arrived from London via Delhi, has tested positive for corona at the Chennai airport on Tuesday.

Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan, who inspected the facilities at the airport this morning following fresh spread of the mutant variant of COVID in London, said the passenger, who tested positive, was quarantined and admitted to the GovernmentCorona hospital at King’s Institute, Guindy.

He said the passenger’s throat and swab samples were sent to Pune laboratory to ascertain whether he was infected with the new mutant variant of the virus.

He said all the co-passengers, who arrived with him, were being identified and would be subjected to corona tests.

He said all passengers, who had arrived in Tamil Nadu from London via Trichy, Madurai, Coimbatore and Chennai airports during the last ten days were being identified to subject them to tests.

He said even if the passengers tested negative, they would be advised to be under quarantine. Dr Radhakrishnan said, though the Centre has banned all flights from United Kingdom from midnight tonight till the end of this year, those who arrived into the State from various states by road, especially from Bengaluru, were being identified.

Monitoring has been intensified and checkposts were erected in the borders to ensure that those entering the state were subjected to tests.

Stating that monitoring and testing has been increased at the airports and the government has put in place all measures to prevent spread of the virus and entry of SARs-CoV2 into the state, the Health Secretary said there was no need for the people to fear.

Meanwhile, eight passengers who arrived from London via Dubai by an Emirates flight at 0830 hrs this morning, were subjected to corona tests and were shifted to a private hotel in the city where they would be quarantined for 14 days.

Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar told a TV channel that 1,088 passengers, who had arrived from UK during the last ten days, were being identified and all of them would be subjected to tests.

He also said their contacts would also be traced to ensure that there was no spread of the virus.

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