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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: A four-year-old child, who had recently returned to Bhubaneswar from the United Kingdom (UK) has tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said on Friday.

As per reports, the girl along with her parents had returned to Odisha from UK on December 20. Though the COVID-19 reports of the girl’s parents stated negative, she has tested positive for the novel-Coronavirus, said Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Additional Commissioner, Suvendu Sahu.

According to Sahu, the girl’s parents will undergo COVID-19 test again tomorrow. At present, all the family members are kept under institutional quarantine as per the protocols, he added.

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.

The swab samples of the man have been sent to Pune to ascertain whether he is affected with the new mutant strain of COVID-19.

According to experts, the new mutant strain (B.1.1.7 lineage) reported in the UK is a more infectious variant of SARS-CoV-2.

Earlier Ganjam district Collector today said that at least three persons have returned to Berhampur from Britain recently.

“One of the three returnees has been traced and is under home quarantine. We have also conducted RT-PCR test twice and the results were found negative. Contact tracing for the other two is underway,” said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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