Tamil Nadu resumes random testing of international passengers


Tamil Nadu on Friday resumed random testing of 2% of international passengers arriving at Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchi and Coimbatore international airports for COVID-19. All travelers arriving from foreign countries will have their body temperature checked, Health Minister Ma. Subramanian informed the Union Health Minister in a speech.

It was almost a month ago that the State, following the Union government’s updated guidelines, suspended random testing of 2% of international travelers. Testing was restarted in some countries after an increase in COVID-19 cases.

In a video conference, Mr. Subramanian said that based on the Union government’s guidelines, he directed airport and district health authorities to effectively coordinate and take sampling and other control measures. The body temperature of all international travelers would be checked and follow-up measures would be taken according to the standard treatment protocol.

Tamil Nadu has reported less than 10 cases per day and the test positivity rate is 0.2%. The incidence of COVID-19 is being monitored daily.

Mr. Subramanian said that Tamil Nadu was among the few states with Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) facility. All positive samples were sent to the facility to detect new variants of the novel coronavirus, he said.

The chief minister called a high-level committee meeting on December 22 to review the situation and preparedness in view of rising cases in China, South Korea, Japan, Brazil and the US. Liquid medical oxygen, masks and beds and asked officials to maintain vigilance, the minister said.

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