Bhubaneswar: In view of mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 being detected from the UK, the Odisha Government today called for active surveillance of persons returning from the UK to the State for last 14 days.
In a letter to Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, CDM and PHOs, Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra urged them to undertake intense surveillance of persons returning from the UK to the State for last 14 days.
“A mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 has been reported from United Kingdom. The strain has been implicated to have higher transmissibility as compared to the earlier strains. It is therefore requested to undertake intense surveillance, contact tracing, RT-PCR test of all incoming passengers from the UK as well as all the persons coming in contact with the incoming passengers to prevent the spread of the mutated COVID virus in the State”, the letter reads.