India randomly testing worldwide guests for COVID-19

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NEW DELHI — India has begun randomly testing worldwide passengers arriving at its airports for COVID-19, the nation’s well being minister stated Thursday, citing a rise in instances in neighboring China.

Mansukh Mandaviya introduced the brand new rule in Parliament, the place he additionally urged state governments to extend surveillance for any new coronavirus variants and ship samples of all constructive instances to genome sequencing laboratories.

Mandaviya additionally requested the general public to put on masks and preserve social distancing, regardless that there are not any official mandates for both.

India relaxed its mask-wearing guidelines earlier this 12 months after coronavirus instances started dropping sharply. It has reported essentially the most COVID-19 instances on the earth because the pandemic started, however confirmed infections have fallen sharply up to now few months.

In accordance with well being ministry information, India presently has about 3,400 lively coronavirus instances.

Instances have surged in neighboring China because it relaxed its harsh restrictions earlier this month following uncommon public protests.

Mandaviya stated the Indian authorities has no plans but to halt flights from nations the place new instances have been reported.

On Thursday, India’s high medical doctors’ physique, the Indian Medical Affiliation, additionally appealed to individuals to put on masks in all public locations and get vaccine boosters. It urged individuals to keep away from public gatherings comparable to weddings, political and social conferences, and worldwide journey.

“As of now, the situation is not alarming and therefore there is no need to panic. Prevention is better than cure,” it stated in a press release.

India, a rustic of almost 1.4 billion individuals, has administered greater than 2.2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, however solely 27% of the inhabitants has obtained a 3rd booster dose.

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