Odisha Makes Genome Sequencing Mandatory For 60 UK Returnees

With around 60 people identified to have returned to the state from the United Kingdom in the past fortnight, Odisha government Thursday asked the authorities to undertake intense surveillance, contact tracing, RT-PCR test and genome sequencing of all incoming passengers, official sources said. Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, P K Mohapatra in a letter to all district collectors, municipal corporations, chief medical and public health officers said that the surveillance, contact tracing and tests of persons who have returned from the UK is essential as the mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 have higher transmissibility as compared to the earlier strains.

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