Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Six Covid cases detected in India on screening passengers of 11 flights from 'at-risk' countries

Six Covid-19 cases were reported on Wednesday among 3,476 passengers in 11 flights from "at-risk" countries and the samples have been sent for genomic sequencing, the Health Ministry said amid concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus. The flights landed across the country, between midnight and 4 pm on Wednesday.

The Centre's revised guidelines for international travellers came into effect on Wednesday after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a "variant of concern".

"On the first day of operation of the guidelines for international travellers issued by the Centre as public health response measures for control and management of the newly reported variant of coronavirus, which has been designated as a 'variant of concern' by WHO, six passengers were reported to be Covid positive," the Union Health Ministry said.

"All 3,476 passengers were administered RT PCR Tests, wherein only six passengers were found Covid19 positive," the ministry said, adding the samples of Covid-19 positive passengers have been sent to INSACOG labs for "whole genomic sequencing".

The list of "at-risk" nations (updated on November 30) comprises countries from Europe, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. Travellers from these countries need to follow additional measures on arriving in India, including post-arrival testing.

01/12/21 PTI/Deccan Herald

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