Omicron threat: 6 passengers arriving from `countries-at-risk' test positive for COVID-19 in India

Samples of the Covid-19 positive passengers have been sent to INSACOG labs for `Whole Genome Sequencing'.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  2 Dec 2021 3:31 AM GMT
Omicron threat: 6 passengers arriving from `countries-at-risk test positive for COVID-19 in India

Hyderabad: Six passengers from `countries-at-risk' have tested positive for Covid-19 in the country.

Health authorities conducted RT-PCR tests of all the 3476 passengers, who arrived on 11 international flights at different airports in the country on December 1. Of them, six have tested positive.

Samples of the Covid-19 positive passengers have been sent to INSACOG labs for `Whole Genome Sequencing'.

On November 30, Telangana Director of Public Health had said that the passengers coming from 12 `countries-at-risk' will have to go for RT-PCR tests at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on arrival.

The 12 at-risk countries include entire Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel.

In the wake of Omicron, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) had issued new guidelines. All passengers coming to India from countries identified as "at-risk" will have to undergo Covid-19 testing at the airport on arrival.

This is in addition to pre-departure COVID-19 testing undertaken 72 hours before the departure. The Health Ministry's new guidelines had come into effect on December 1.

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