New Delhi: Passengers arriving in India from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand will be mandatorily required to provide negative Covid reports from January 1, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday, December 29. They will have to upload the negative Covid reports from RT-PCR tests on the Air Suvidha portal prior to their departure.
The tests have to be conducted within 72 hours of undertaking the journey to India, Mr. Mandaviya said.
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This requirement is in addition to the random two per cent tests of all international passengers in all incoming international flights on their arrival in India irrespective of their port of departure, the minister said.
Amid a spike in coronavirus cases in some countries, the government has sounded an alert, tightened Covid guidelines and asked states and Union territories to prepare for any eventuality. India recorded 268 new coronavirus infections, while the active cases increased to 3,552, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.11 per cent while the weekly positivity was pegged at 0.17 per cent, the ministry said.
Earlier on December 22, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), issued an advisory on the impending COVID outbreak. IMA sent out an alert and made an appeal to the public to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour with immediate effect.
On December 21, Mr. Mandaviya, chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials and experts to review the COVID-19 situation in India. The ministry advised the citizens to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing a mask, washing hands, and maintaining social distance. The union ministry also directed the state and union territory governments to strengthen their surveillance.
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