Last Updated on Nov 15th, 2023 by Heena Ganotra, 7 comments
Amid the rise of cases being observed in 5 major countries, including China, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has updated the guidelines for travelers coming into the country on 21 December 2022. This is in supersession of guidelines issued on the subject on 2nd September 2022. While there’s nothing much to be concerned about, initial precautions can help prevent the spread of the virus.
Indian Health Ministry announced on 24 Dec 2022 that international arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand will be required to present RT-PCR test results.
In addition, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya stated that any passengers from these countries who exhibit symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 will be quarantined.
“RT-PCR test to be mandatory for international arrivals from China, Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong & Thailand. On arrival, if any passenger from these countries is found symptomatic or tests positive for Covid19, then he/she will be put under quarantine.”Union Health Minister Dr Mandaviya
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There has been a spike in COVID cases in China, Brazil, Japan, USA, and Korea. Even in India, 4 cases of the Omicron subvariant BF.7 have been detected. 2 of these cases were found in Gujarat, 1 in Odisha, and 1 in Vadodra – as reported till Wednesday evening (21 December 2022).
Looking at this picture, India decided to bring about basic precautionary measures. However, the officials have stressed that there is no need to panic as the COVID cases in India are at their lowest since the pandemic hit. The Government of India has, however, advised people to wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and keep away from non-essential travel. None of this is mandatory as yet though.
Early in December, China eased the rules for RT-PCR tests. Under this, no person needed an RT-PCR test to enter public areas. This is being referred to as the major cause of the increase in the number of COVID cases. The current situation in China is as follows –
While no country has taken stringent measures yet, some of them have asked the public to take basic precautions. For example –
Singapore: Singapore has asked the staff who interacts with the arrivals (including the taxi drivers at airport stands) to wear protective gear. This will include N95 masks and face shields.
Thailand: Thailand’s health officials have confirmed that the situation is under control. They have further given out a statement that New Year celebrations will go on as planned.
Well, that’s pretty much all!
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