Delhi, Dec 21: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that the central government is aware of the new strain of COVID-19 reported in the United Kingdom (UK) and urged people “not to panic”.
“The government is alert. There is no need to panic,” the Health Minister said at a press conference on Monday.
Dr Harsh Vardhan’s statement comes just moments after Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo asked the Centre to immediately ban all flights from the UK due to the new variant of coronavirus.
“New mutation of corona virus has emerged in UK, which is a super-spreader. I urge central government to ban all flights from UK immediately,” Kejriwal said in a tweet on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Unione Health Minister will hold a high-level meeting on Monday to discuss the new strain of coronavirus. It is expected that the World Health Organisation (WHO) officials will also be present at the meeting.
The government had on Saturday also informed that India has not reported a “major change or mutation” in the COVID strain yet but it is analysing the situation and will take steps accordingly.