BENGALURU / CHENNAI: Even as the number of patients who tested positive for the mutant variant of SARS-CoV-2, which originated in Britain, rose to 25 in India on Thursday according to official sources, several state governments have stepped up efforts to find the missing British returnees who have landed in India in the last month or so.
Although Karnataka has yet to find 175 passengers, including 80 foreigners, the government of Tamil Nadu has so far been unable to trace around 360 British returnees, all from Chennai and Chengalpattu.
About 2,300 travelers have returned to TN from the UK since November 21 and the government has traced 1,936 of them, all of whom underwent RT-PCR tests. While 24 tested positive and 1,853 tested negative, the results of 59 are expected. It is difficult to trace the passengers because they provided the wrong addresses, Secretary of State for Health J Radhakrishnan told reporters in Chennai.
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said: “Of the 175 missing, 80 are not Indian citizens. This means we do not have their contact details. But the Interior Ministry is pursuing the case. . ”