India makes RT-PCR mandatory for passengers from China & four other countries

Gandhinagar: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday said RT-PCR test to detect COVID-19 would be made mandatory for travelers from China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand traveling to India.

He also said that passengers arriving in India from these countries will undergo thermal screening at the airports and those who are positive for COVID-19 or have fever will be quarantined.

Talking to reporters in Gandhinagar, Mandaviya said that filling the ‘Air Suvidha’ form to declare health status will be made mandatory for passengers coming from these countries.

“In view of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers from China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Bangkok (Thailand) must upload their RT-PCR reports in advance (to travel to India). After landing in India, they will undergo thermal screening and upon arrival in the country they will be positive or If they have a fever, we have ordered them to be quarantined,” said the minister.

Mandaviya was in the Gujarat capital for the convocation of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER).

Speaking to reporters, he also said that the central government was taking measures against COVID-19 as cases are on the rise in places like South Korea, Hong Kong, Europe, America and Brazil. “Yesterday, there was a warning about COVID-19. Through newspaper advertisements, people are being made aware. In Parliament, I made a statement where I asked people to use mandatory masks, maintain social distance and follow proper behaviors against COVID, so that in the future , India can be saved from the new BF.7 variant of the virus,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mandaviya posted a tweet saying, “Testing of international passengers, including from China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Japan, South Korea, has begun at Delhi International Airport. All necessary steps are being taken in view of the evolving coronavirus situation.”

As China and other countries have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday warned against complacency, called for strict vigilance and ordered to strengthen ongoing surveillance measures, especially at international airports.

The Union Health Ministry has already asked the civil aviation ministry to ensure random coronavirus testing at airports of two per cent of passengers arriving in India from Saturday to minimize the risk of introducing a new variant of the coronavirus. in the country

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