Cases confirmed in other countries


THE new double mutant B.1.617 variant, first discovered in India, has spread to other countries, including:

¡ South Africa: Dr Zweli Mkhize, Health Minister, confirmed on Saturday that the Indian variant had been detected in four people; two in KwaZulu-Natal and two in Gauteng. The individual­s had a history of recent arrivals from India.

¡ Kenya: According to a statement by the Kenyan Health Ministry, the first case of the Indian variant was confirmed last week. The case was detected from samples taken from Indian travellers working in Kisuma, a city in Kenya. Dr Patrick Amoth, the Health Ministry's director-general, said it had just been a question of time before the variant reached them because of global connectivi­ty. The country has suspended flights to India.

¡ Uganda: Pontiano Kaleebu, head of the government-run Uganda Virus Research Institute, confirmed that a Ugandan apparently picked up the variant during a recent visit to India. Authoritie­s have banned flights from India and all travellers arriving from the country are required to undergo mandatory quarantine. Though Rwanda and Tanzania have yet to have a confirmed case, they have also banned flights to India.

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¡ Europe: The variant has reached several countries in Europe. In the UK, health authoritie­s reported at least 193 cases, Germany more than 20, Romania one, Switzerlan­d one and Belgium more than 20. |

¡ Singapore: The country has recorded more than 10 cases. The country's health ministry said some of the cases were found to have been locally transmitte­d.


¡ Australia: Health officials confirmed that a husband and wife have tested positive. The news came as the country lifted its travel ban from India, where about 9 000 Australian­s were left stranded. | Reuters

¡ France: Health Ministry confirmed this week that about 20 people had tested positive.

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