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To start random testing of Int’l Flyers

Random coronavirus testing of international arriving passengers will begin on Saturday. In its guidelines released on Friday, the Civil Aviation Ministry said airline crews will have to take those identified passengers to the airport’s testing facility.

Amid rising cases of the coronavirus in China and other parts of the world, the government has decided to subject 2 percent of passengers arriving on international flights to a random coronavirus test starting Saturday morning.

“Airport operators would create the necessary infrastructure to facilitate random testing of international arriving passengers at their respective airports,” the Ministry said.

Airlines will identify such passengers on each flight, preferably from different countries. Such passengers can leave the airport after providing the samples.

A copy of the positive report will be shared with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program by the relevant airport. They will later be shared with the concerned state/Union Territory (UT) for further follow-up action.

Simulated drilling in hospitals to ensure facility readiness

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has advised states and union territories to conduct a mock drill in all health facilities to ensure infrastructure readiness, with special emphasis on oxygen plants, ventilators, logistics and human resources.

Mandaviya has advised states to remain alert, remain prepared for Covid management and follow their preventive and proactive approach, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

It has asked states to strengthen their surveillance system for whole-genome sequencing of positive case samples to track variants through the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network.

Nasal vaccine available as a booster from today

The government on Friday approved Bharat Biotech’s intranasal vaccine as a booster dose for those above 18 years of age. The two-drop needle-free nasal vaccine is likely to be introduced on the Co-WIN platform from Friday evening and eligible people can book it through the mobile app or website. The nasal vaccine will be available only in private hospitals until now.

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