Mandatory Covid testing likely for flyers from China, 3 other nations

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The most recent strategy was announced as China reported an increase in cases caused by the highly contagious BF.7 variety, a sub-lineage of the Omicron BA.5 strain.

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The Government plans to further strengthen measures for the prompt detection of new Covid variants by introducing mandatory testing at boarding points for all travellers to India from China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.

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This comes after restarting the random testing of 2% of international travellers upon arrival at airports as of Saturday.

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According to government sources, the Union Health Ministry is in talks with the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to require RT-PCR testing just for travellers from these four nations.

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For people who test positive and come from certain nations, a mandatory quarantine upon arrival might also be reinstated, according to the sources.

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The most recent strategy was announced as China reported an increase in cases caused by the highly contagious BF.7 variety, a sub-lineage of the Omicron BA.5 strain.

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According to the sources, Hong Kong is one of the important boarding places in China that the government is monitoring.

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If someone has a fever after arriving in India or tests positive, we will quarantine them right away. These instructions will be released soon to defend the nation against COVID-19.

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In the meantime, all states were informed via letter about the intended mock drill at hospitals on Tuesday by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.