Six passengers of an Air India flight from London tested positive for coronavirus on arrival in India last night. Some of the passengers of a British Airways flight landed in India on Tuesday morning and are undergoing tests for the COVID-19. The news is worrisome as a new strain of coronavirus has been detected in the UK recently. India, along with many other countries, has blocked air traffic from the UK. However, the ban will come into effect from Wednesday.

Before the ban, the government has made it mandatory for all the passengers to be tested for coronavirus on arrival at airports.

In total, there were 266 passengers that travelled by the Air India Flight with the infected six passengers. The flight landed in Delhi at 10.40 pm on Monday.

NDTV quoted Awanish Kumar, a government official responsible for coordinating the tests at the New Delhi airport, as saying it was “unclear” if the infected passengers had the new strain of virus.

“It is unclear…NCDC will confirm this,” Kumar said. The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is testing the samples of the infected passengers.

While five of the infected passengers were tested positive in Delhi, one person took a connecting flight to Chennai and tested positive there.

“We are testing for COVID-19 passengers of flights originating or halting in the UK. One such passenger tested positive yesterday,” Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told news agency ANI.

“It’s incorrect to presume that he is infected with UK variant of COVID. We’ll send his samples to NIV (National Institute of Virology), Pune,” he added.