Covid Alert! Random testing for arriving international flyers begins tomorrow

About 2% of passengers arriving on each international flight will be randomly tested for the coronavirus from tomorrow, December 24, the central government said on Thursday. The Ministry of Health has sent a document to civil aviation ministry on this issue.

In the letter, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that if anyone is found positive for Covid-19, that sample must be sent for genomic testing at a designated INSACOG network of laboratories, according to the statement. PTI report.

He said travelers will be allowed to leave the airport after sending a random sample.

Bhushan states that a copy of the positive report will be shared by the relevant laboratory with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program at (in addition to sharing with APHOS) for later that is shared with the relevant state or Union Territory for further action.

Thanks to persistent efforts and focus on a fivefold strategy of testing-trace-treat-vaccination and adherence to Covid-appropriate behavior, India has been able to effectively limit the spread of the epidemic. sick. The transmission of covid-19 domestic so far, the letter read.

Globally, the number of Covid cases continues to remain high with an average of about 5.9k new daily cases reported in the week ending December 19, 2022.

This spike in the trajectory of Covid-19 is particularly relevant to Japan, the United States, South Korea, Brazil, France and China, where cases are steadily increasing.

“…have decided that the Department of Civil Aviation, in collaboration with airport operators and the Airport Health Office (APHOS) will ensure” two percent of all passengers in flight will be tested. Randomly after arriving at the airport, the letter was added, as quoted by PTI.

Bhushan further stated that such passengers on each flight will be identified by the airlines involved. “This arrangement will be effective from 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 24, 2022,” the letter read.

These post-arrival procedures are also issued separately by the Ministry of Health in the Guidelines for International Arrivals (replacing the guidance issued on this topic on November 21, 2022).

Children under 12 years old are exempted from random check after arrival. However, if you have symptoms of Covid-19 upon arrival or during self-monitoring, they will be treated according to prescribed guidelines.

(With PTI input)

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