Thursday, December 02, 2021

Rajasthan imposes new travel rules at city airport over Omicron scare

Jaipur: Following the guidelines issued by the Centre in the wake of emergence of highly infectious Omicron, a new Covidvariant, health department officials met Jaipur airport authorities and implemented the guidelines at the airport at midnight on Wednesday.

At the airport, a sample collection area, rapid RT-PCR Covid-19 test facility and a sample processing lab have been created. “We met airport authorities and now we are ensuring that the fresh guidelines issued by the Centre should be followed,” said Dr Narrottam Sharma, chief medical health officer (Jaipur-I).

World Health Organisation has declared recently reported variant B.1.1.529, termed Omicron variant, as Variant of Concern (VoC). For the purpose, the strict and effective measures to control the entry of VoC into the country and prevent the spread of transmission within, the health department is taking measures by following the Centre’s guidelines.

The health department will ensure that if an international traveller tests positive, his samples will be sent for whole genome sequencing to ensure that he is not infected with Omicron variant of Covid.

Officials said they had intensified surveillance across the state for identifying cases early. Also, focus will be on encouraging people for wearing masks, frequent hand sanitisation and ensure Covid appropriate behaviour, especially in areas where large public gathering is expected, as these are the key to protection against any variant of the Covid.

02/12/21 Times of India

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