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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Another traveller, who had recently returned from the United Kingdom (UK), has tested positive for COVID-19 in Bhubaneswar.

The newly detected COVID-19 positive is the father of the 4-year-old who had earlier tested positive for the coronavirus, informed Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary on Sunday.

The four-year-old girl, who had returned from the United Kingdom along with her parents, had tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday. As per reports, the girl along with her parents had returned to Odisha from the UK on December 20.

Earlier, a 34-year-old man from the Capital city had also tested positive for COVID-19 following his return from the European country on December 18.

It is still uncertain whether the UK returnees are infected by the newly detected mutant strain of the virus or not. The swab samples of all the three travellers, who have tested positive for COVID-19, have been sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune, said Chaudhary.

According to the BMC Commissioner, around 20 persons have returned to the Capital City from the UK. "We have got the list of the returnees and we are in constant touch with them."

The returnees, who have been tested positive for COVID-19, have mild symptoms and are undergoing treatment in the isolation wards. "Only after the swab reports are received from Pune institute, things will get clear if there is the presence of mutant strain here or not," Chaudhary added.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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