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2 Kashmiris carrying UK COVID-19 strain found in Srinagar

Srinagar, Jan 09 (KINS): Two patients carrying the new UK COVID-19 strain were admitted to a hospital in J&K’s Srinagar city on Saturday.
The discovery of two locals carrying the new UK COVID-19 strain is disturbing since there has been a decline in the number of daily COVID positive cases in Kashmir.
Nodal officer for Covid-19 at Srinagar’s JLNM hospital, Dr. Bilquees Shah said that two male patients from Kashmir were tested positive for a new mutant strain of coronavirus that was first reported in the United Kingdom in September 2020.
Over 90 cases of new UK Covid-19 strain have been found across the country so far. Jammu and Kashmir has apparently witnessed a substantial drop in its average daily number of Covid-19 cases reported in the recent weeks.
From the peak of over 1,600 positive cases per day in September, the number has come down to 100 odd positive cases in the recent days.
However, with the first cases of UK Covid-19 strain being reported in the union territory, experts fear a new problem may arise in coming weeks. (KINS)

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