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15 passengers who arrived from UK to Mumbai have tested positive for the new mutant virus

Mumbai, Dec 23: Three flights from the UK landed in Mumbai on Tuesday with 590 passengers.

The number of the air passengers who arrived in Mumbai from the UK with suspected infection of the mutant coronavirus has risen to 15. Their blood samples are being sent to a few top referral institutions including the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for further analysis, a senior Central government official said on condition of anonymity.

According to the information shared by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai with the media until 7.20 pm on Tuesday, three flights arrived from the UK on Tuesday with 590 passengers. Passengers with connecting flight out of Maharashtra and those travelling by road to their residence out of State have been allowed to go to their respective destinations, and information is being sent to their State representatives about their travel. Out of the 590 passengers, 299 have been sent to hotels within the city which have been designated as quarantine centres for such passengers.

Out of the 590 passengers, 187 are from Mumbai, 167 from other parts of Maharashtra and 236 from other States.

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