India to test travellers from Brazil, South Africa, UK after detecting new virus strains

The government has said the South African and Brazilian strains can more easily infect a person’s lungs than the UK mutation.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - India will make COVID-19 molecular tests mandatory for people arriving directly or indirectly from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil in a bid to contain the spread of more infectious virus variants found in those countries.

India, which has reported the highest number of overall COVID-19 cases after the United States, detected the South African variant in four people last month and the Brazilian strain in one person this month.

The government has said the South African and Brazilian strains can more easily infect a person’s lungs than the UK mutation. India . . .

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