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Covid Protocol: RT-PCR test must for arrivals from China, 4 other nations; know details

Covid protocol: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya declared on Saturday that RT-PCR tests will be required for travellers arriving from five countries, including China.

“For overseas arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand, the RT-PCR test will be required. If any traveller from these countries is confirmed to be symptomatic or tests positive for Covid-19 infection upon arrival, he or she will be quarantined “In an interview with ANI, Health Minister Mandaviya stated. He also stated that filling out the Air Suvidha form to declare one’s current health status will be made mandatory for overseas passengers arriving from these Asian countries.

Covid protocol: Taking note of the global rise in COVID cases, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday that the Centre and States must operate in “tandem” and in a “collaborative spirit,” as they did during earlier surges.

Mandaviya said on Friday, while chairing a virtual conference with state health ministers, Principal Secretaries, Additional Chief Secretaries, and Information Commissioners, that the country must be on high alert and properly equipped for COVID management.

The meeting was held in the presence of Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar, NITI Aayog member V K Paul, to review public health preparedness for COVID-19 containment and management, as well as the progress of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, in light of the recent increase in cases in some countries such as China, Japan, Brazil, and the United States.

In light of the forthcoming festive season, Manadaviya has also emphasised the need of public awareness campaigns promoting Covid-appropriate behaviour.

He requested that the State Health Ministers personally monitor and verify the readiness of the facilities, as well as ensuring an adequate supply of vital pharmaceuticals.

Notably, in June 2022, the Union Health Ministry issued “Operational Guidelines for Revised Surveillance Strategy in Context of COVID-19,” which calls for early detection, isolation, testing, and timely management of suspected and confirmed cases in order to detect and contain outbreaks of new SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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