Because of the latest covid-19 variant, Omicorn Virus, Union Health Ministry has given some new rules for foreign travelers. States were directed by the Center that international travellers arriving or arriving from South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana will undergo rigorous testing as well as screening.

The main reason is that the new heavily mutated covid-19 version B. is spreading in these countries, which have reported many cases. Notably, India has already dealt with the severe delta variant in a major second wave earlier this year, and so, it is understandable that as concerns about the variant started making rounds in the scientific community.

The health secretary said that according to the National Center for Disease Control in India, Botswana has reported four cases of the new variant, Hong Kong has reported two cases, while South Africa has reported 22 cases.

Health secretary also said that since the number of mutations in version B.1.1. Used to be. Was largely closed for over a year. These factors make it imperative that an advisory be issued to ensure that there is no public health issue in India due to the easing of regulations.

If any sample of passengers tests positive for COVID-19, states will have to send it to designated laboratories under INSACOG or the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genetics Consortium. INSACOG tracks COVID-19 variants as well as those that are of concern and interest for their emergence and transmission in India

In addition, state surveillance authorities will need to coordinate with INSACOG laboratories and follow the test-track-treat principle to prevent the variant from being circulated.


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