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U’khand Makes RT-PCR Test Mandatory For People Coming From Other States

All international passengers above the age of five who are flying to India will have to undergo RT-PCR testing upon arrival

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Mumbai: The Uttarakhand government has instructed all CMOs to conduct RT-PCR COVID-19 testing for people entering the state at all border entry points, state DG Health Dr Tripti Bahuguna said

Speaking to ANI, State DG Health Dr Tripti Bahuguna said that the officials have been instructed to ensure Rt-PCR testes at the various border entry points. Those testing positive would be put under a fortnight of quarantine.

All districts have also been instructed to test any passenger coming from outside the state that shows symptoms of COVID-19. Later, if they test positive, the visitors must be put under quarantine for 14 days. “For prevention of infection, sample checking should be done at the borders as well,” he added.

While India’s COVID-19 caseload continues to drop, the Central and state government have put precautionary measures for international travellers entering the country over the new mutated strain.

India has not yet reported any case of the new variant, however, it must be noted that the sequencing results are awaited for one COVID-19 positive individual in Maharashtra who had just returned from South Africa.

Days after being detected in South Africa, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has now spread to many nations from around the globe. With around 15 countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Israel, having reported confirmed or suspected Omicron variant cases, India has also announced new guidelines for international travellers.

As per the new Health Ministry directives, all international passengers above the age of five who are flying to India will have to undergo RT-PCR testing upon arrival. Those testing positive would be admitted to an isolation facility, while others underwent seven days of home quarantine before taking another test.

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