First variant COVID-19 strain patient in Ladakh to be re-tested on Monday

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The first positive case of a new UK strain in the union territory of Ladakh will undergo a retest next week as per the set protocol and guidelines for the new variant virus.

The Ladakh region reported the first case of new strain on 14 January and had earlier tested positive for novel coronavirus last year on arrival from outside the UT.

Health officials told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that the 38-year-old individual with a travel history of Germany tested positive for the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 will undergo the first retest next week. “The test is expected to be conducted on Monday most probably”, the official said.

“As per the protocol for new variant strain, the individual is supposed to undergo a retest after ten days and he tested positive on 14 January”, the health official said requesting anonymity.

He said that the individual will be retested on Monday since the ten days complete on this week’s Sunday.

He also said that the patient is asymptomatic and there is nothing to worry about and the general public must be at ease.

Notably, KNO earlier exclusively reported that the Ladakh UT reported the first case of variant SARS-CoV-2 on 14 January of an individual having travel and stay history in Germany who arrived back to Ladakh on 26 December last year.

On 26 December, the individual was tested for novel coronavirus for which he tested positive on 28 December last year, and samples for the variant virus were taken given the foreign travel history the report of which was received on 14 January.

The health officials then had said all the necessary precautions measures have been taken and set protocol is being followed and the individual has been moved to an isolation facility of Sonam Norboo Memorial (SNM) hospital. (KNO)

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