Five new cases of the UK strain of coronavirus have been detected, which takes the total number of such patients to 25. The highly infectious mutant strain, which first surfaced in the United Kingdom in September, was found to have reached India two days ago with travellers returning from the European nation. The situation has pushed up concerns over a fresh spike in the infection, which has been brought under control from a high of 97,000 cases a day.
The daily surge is now hovering around 20,000 cases.
Doctors have said the UK strain of the virus is super infectious — 70 per cent more than the existing one.
The government has embarked on a huge genome sequencing project involving 10 laboratories across the country to control the virus before it spreads.