The health ministry on Tuesday confirmed that the new strain of coronavirus found in the United Kingdom has not been detected in India so far. “Haven’t detected any significant mutation yet in coronavirus strain in India,” the health ministry said in a press briefing.

The new strain of the deadly virus is more infectious and spreading faster. “Mutated SARS-CoV-2 strain detected in the UK has increased transmissibility but this mutation isn’t affecting disease severity, case fatality,” the ministry added.

The government has issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) for the passengers who recently travelled to the UK.

“The passengers who have come to India from the UK, we are tracing them, checking their health condition and doing their covid tests. If they are found positive for the virus, we take their specimen and culture their virus and do genomic sequences. All the incoming passengers are going through RT-PCR tests. We will follow the said procedure,” Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, said.