New Delhi: Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to stop flights from countries affected by the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, or Omicron.
In the letter, Kejriwal wrote, "We should do everything possible to prevent the new variant of concern, recently recognised by WHO, from entering India."
The Delhi Chief Minister further urged the Prime Minister to suspended flights from the affected regions with immediate effect. "Any delay in this regard may prove harmful, of any affected person enters India," Kejriwal wrote.
He also said that India has fought the "tough" battle against coronavirus for the last one-and-a-half year and due to the selfless services of millions of COVID-19 warriors, the country has recovered from coronavirus.
Omicron was first detected in South Africa triggering alarm across the globe. Several countries have banned flights from southern African nations after the first case was reported earlier this week.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, chaired a comprehensive meeting to review the public health preparedness and vaccination-related situation for COVID-19.
As per an official statement issued by Prime Minister Office, officials briefed the Prime Minister about the new Variant of Concern 'Omicron' along with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries. Its implications for India were also discussed. The PM spoke about the need to be proactive in light of the new variant.
PM Modi highlighted the need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified 'at risk'. He also asked officials to review plans for easing international travel restrictions in light of the emerging new evidence.
Also, two people who have returned recently to Karnataka, from South Africa have been tested positive for COVID-19. They were among the 584 passengers who came to Bengaluru from 10 high-risk nations. The samples of the patients were sent for sequencing and the results showed it is Delta variant.
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Screening of travellers coming from Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong has been intensified and people coming from these places have been asked to undergo mandatory RT-PCR test.