New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A 47-year old woman from Andhra Pradesh, who was tested positive for COVID-19 upon her arrival from UK and subsequently shifted to quarantine centre in Delhi, gave a slip to the authorities and took a train to her hometown Rajamahendravaram. She was, however, held by the authorities upon her arrival to the city and admitted to a hospital along with her son, news agency PTI reported, quoting officials.

The woman, who was working as a teacher in the UK, landed in Delhi on December 21, just days before the Indian government announced ban on all flights from UK amid concerns over the new strain of COVID-19 found in the European nation. She was shifted to a quarantine facility in Delhi after testing positive for Coronavirus. 

The woman managed to escape the quarantine facility and, accompanied by her son, took a train to Rajamahendravaram. Following her escape, the Railway police was alerted that she was travelling by the first class coach in AP Express. Upon her arrival in the Andhra Police, the waiting authorities took her to a hospital. 

A health department official told the agency that the swab samples of the woman and her son are being sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune to determine whether she contracted the new strain of COVID-19.

The  new variant of the virus can be found across the UK -- except Northern Ireland -- though it is heavily concentrated in London, the South East and eastern England. It is thought the variant either emerged in a patient in the UK or has been imported from a country with a lower ability to monitor coronavirus mutations.

Posted By: Lakshay Raja