Omicron BF.7 Cases In India, Coronavirus New Variant: Considering the rise in the number of coronavirus cases in several countries, the Modi government has made the RT-PCR test mandatory for international arrivals. The Centre has stated that the new rule will be for air travellers from countries experiencing a surge in Covid cases, especially because of the Omicron BF.7 variant.
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“The RT-PCR test will be mandatory for international arrivals from China, Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand”, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday.
The Centre has also stated that if passengers arriving from these countries will be found symptomatic or tested positive for Covid-19, they will be placed under quarantine.
Meanwhile, several states have started testing international passengers. They have been asked to be in alert mode. The Centre has asked them to ramp up the genome sequencing in order to track the new Omicron variant of coronavirus in positive cases.
Mandaviya has already urged the states to strengthen the surveillance system for whole genome sequencing of positive case samples. It is to be noted that health authorities track the variants through the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network. This helps them to ensure the timely detection of newer variants, if any, circulating in the country.
“Focus is to be given to health facility-based sentinel surveillance; pan-respiratory virus surveillance; community-based surveillance; and sewage/wastewater surveillance,” he added.
“Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate & Adherence to COVID Appropriate Behaviour’ will remain our top priority and strategy for the management of coronavirus cases in the country,” Mandaviya said.
It is feared that the new variant can result in the fourth wave of COVID-19.