Lucknow: In a major health scare, at least two people have been found to be infected with the new mutant Coronavirus strain in Uttar Pradesh. One case was found in Noida and another in Meerut and the samples of their contacts are also being taken, news agency PTI quoted Additional Chief Secretary Health Amit Mohan Prasad as saying on Wednesday. Initially, many news channels reported that 10 people in the state had tested positive for the new Coronavirus strain. Also Read - 17,072 More Health Workers Get Jabs on Day 2: Govt to Meet Pharma Majors Over Vaccine Drive Today

According to a report by Hindustan Times, an alert was issued by the Yogi-led Uttar Pradesh government after the new strain was detected in a two-year-old girl. Also Read - No New UK Coronavirus Strain Reported in Past 24 Hours in India: Health Ministry

All officials and hospital staff in the state have been directed to take extra precautions amid the new Coronavirus Strain. Also Read - Planning a Trip to Singapore During COVID-19? Now, PCR Test Mandatory on Arrival

Further, all those who have recently returned from the UK will have to undergo home quarantine for 28 days even if their RT-PCR report comes negative, said a report by HT. As per the UP government’s advisory, those who test positive for the new mutant strain would be kept in an isolation ward.

This came after 14 fresh cases of the new coronavirus variant were reported in the country earlier in the day, eight are from the national capital and seven from Bengaluru. All individuals who tested positive for this new strain had recently returned from the United Kingdom.

What is the new mutant coronavirus strain?

A mutation is referred to as a change in the genetic sequence of the virus. It happens over a period of time. This new COVID strain which was first discovered in the United Kingdom in September is said to be 70% more transmissible from the novel coronavirus disease and has prompted a wave of panic, travel bans, and border closures worldwide. Considering the situation, Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced on Wednesday that the Centre has extended the temporary suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom till January 7, 2021.

(The copy has been updated with fresh inputs)