In view of the fear of new variants of Covid-19, RT-PCR test has been made mandatory for passengers coming to India from seven countries including South Africa, Bangladesh and China. This information was given by the center on Thursday. The Center has asked all the states and union territories to strictly follow these guidelines.
The government has written a letter to all the states and union territories saying that in addition to the new mutations being reported in the corona virus, the number of variants of concern (VOC) and variant of interest (VOI) is increasing globally. In view of this, 7 countries have been included in the list of countries from where passengers coming from will have to undergo another RT-PCR test at the time of landing at Indian airports. Apart from this, they will also have to undergo RT-PCR test before flying to India.
These 7 countries are South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
In fact, according to the guidelines issued in February, only passengers coming from Britain, Europe and West Asia had to undergo RT-PCR test again on landing at Indian airports.
The Center has also asked the states and union territories to ensure strict compliance of these guidelines to prevent the entry of new forms of corona virus into India from other countries of the world. The Union Health Secretary in the letter also asked the States and Union Territories to increase their Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) activities.
NITI Aayog member (health) VK Paul said in a press conference that the threat of mutants, however, will continue to exist. That is why the means of testing, infection detection, vaccination, hospital preparedness and COVID appropriate behavior should be used strongly.
Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a new form of corona virus has been detected in Colombia, about which information is being gathered.