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 via South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana, the place a brand new COVID-19 variant of significant public well being implications has been reported.
In a letter deal with to extra 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 optimistic 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 mentioned within the letter.
“This variant is reported to have a considerably excessive variety of mutations, and thus, has severe public well being implications for the nation, in view of not too long ago relaxed visa restrictions and opening up of worldwide journey.
“It’s subsequently crucial that every one worldwide travellers travelling from and transiting via these nations, (they’re a part of the “in danger” nation class of worldwide travellers coming to India) and likewise together with all different in danger’ nations 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 mentioned.
The contacts of those worldwide travellers should even be intently tracked and examined as per MoHFW pointers.