Rising Covid cases globally: Random testing of 2% international arrivals to resume from Saturday morning

NEW DELHI: India will continue random test of 2% of international arrivals from 10 am on Saturday (December 24), amid an increase in the number of Covid cases in many countries such as China.
Airlines will select them at random, and passengers will be allowed to disembark after submitting a sample.
Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday wrote to aviation secretary Rajiv Bansal on Thursday and said: “Globally, the number of new Covid-19 cases continues to be at an alarmingly high level, with an average of about 5.9k new daily cases reported in the week ending December 19th. This spike in Covid-19’s trajectory is particularly relevant to Japan, the United States, and South Korea. , Brazil, France and China, where cases are steadily increasing.”
Therefore, “in order to minimize the risk of the introduction of a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus into the country, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to coordinate with airport operators and the Office of Health. The Airport (APHOS) ensures that: ) a fraction of 2% of the total number of passengers in the flight will be randomly checked after arrival at the airport upon arrival. b) Such passengers in each flight will be identified by the airlines involved (preferably from different countries). c) Such travelers will submit forms and will be allowed to leave the airport.”
“A copy of the positive report will be shared by the relevant Testing Laboratory with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program at [email protected] (in addition to sharing with APHOS) for later be shared with the relevant State/UT for further follow-up Act now.In the event that any such traveler tests positive, their sample must be sent for genomic testing at network of designated INSACOG laboratories. This agreement will be effective from 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 24, 2022,” it added.


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