Jamshedpur was on the brink after 12 people, including 11 foreign nationals, tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday amid fears of a new strain of coronavirus detected in the UK, officials said.
“11 foreigners staying at the Fortune Center Point hotel here under the Bistupur Police Station (PS) and a member of hotel staff have tested positive for Covid-19 here tonight. The hotel has been sealed off and everyone has been quarantined in the hotel. These 11 foreigners were among the 46 foreign nationals who came to Jamshedpur between December 5 and 8 and stayed at the hotel since then, ”said Dr. Sahir Pal, additional chief medical officer of Jamshedpur (ACMO) this evening.
He said the 46 foreigners came from the Philippines, Ghana, South Africa, New Zealand and Zambia.
“They came here to work and worked at Tata Steel as employees of Mill Track International Company. Their samples were tested at the Tata Main Hospital (TMH) and the report of the 11 foreigners tested positive for Covid-19 today. Subsequently, samples from 29 hotel employees were also tested and one of the staff members also tested positive, ”said Dr Pal.
In accordance with the directive from the Union Ministry of Health, samples from these Covid-19 positive patients will now have to be sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for advanced and specialized testing of the new strain. of coronavirus. However, it was still not clear whether they were coming directly to India from their country or via the UK.
The new Covid-19 strain is said to spread 70% faster. The identification of nearly 17 potential alterations was found during the preliminary analysis of the mutant variant of the virus.
Jamshedpur has so far witnessed the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Jharkhand at 374. The state’s Covid-19 total stands at 17,585. Of that number, 16,984 have been cured and released from hospitals, leaving 227 active patients until Wednesday evening.