Bhubaneswar: Three persons who had come to Odisha in December from the UK were infected with COVID-19. On further examination, their samples were found to be the highly infectious UK strain (variant) of coronavirus. However, these three persons have recovered and no instance of transmission of the virus from them was recorded, said Institute of Life Sciences Director, Dr Ajay Parida.
A double mutation had been traced in the sample of a positive patient in December. He has recovered and the infection has not spread. Another mutation, N440K, had also been detected in Odisha which is neither so infectious nor dangerous. The strain detected in Maharastra and Punjab is more infectious as the rate of infection is doubling within five to six days.
“The situation is not so in Odisha so far and we need not panic. However, COVID protocols are indispensable and eligible beneficiaries should not delay in taking the vaccine. People need to be very careful during festivals like Holi,” said Parida. The government is taking immediate steps and declaring micro containment zones to check the spread in certain pockets, he added.