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Centre asks states to ensure rigorous screening of travellers from countries that recorded new COVID-19 variant

Centre asks states to make sure rigorous screening of travellers from international locations that recorded new COVID-19 variant | Information

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday requested all states and union territories to conduct rigorous screening and testing of all worldwide travellers coming from or transiting by means of South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana, the place a brand new COVID-19 variant of great public well being implications has been reported.
In a letter tackle to further chief secretary/principal secretary/secretary (Well being) of all states and union territories, Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan requested them to make sure that samples of travellers turning constructive are despatched to designated genome sequencing laboratories promptly.
It has now been reported by Nationwide Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) that a number of instances of a COVID-19 variant B.1.1529 have been reported in Botswana (3 instances), South Africa (6 instances) and Honk Kong (1 case), Bhushan stated within the letter.
“This variant is reported to have a considerably excessive variety of mutations, and thus, has critical public well being implications for the nation, in view of just lately relaxed visa restrictions and opening up of worldwide journey.
“It’s due to this fact crucial that every one worldwide travellers travelling from and transiting by means of these international locations, (they’re a part of the “in danger” nation class of worldwide travellers coming to India) and likewise together with all different in danger’ international locations indicated within the revised Pointers for Worldwide Arrivals issued by this Ministry dated November 11,2021, are subjected to rigorous screening and testing, as per MoHFW Pointers,” Bhushan stated.
The contacts of those worldwide travellers should even be intently tracked and examined as per MoHFW tips.
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