India starts random COVID-19 tests for international passengers from today

 Wednesday, December 21, 2022 


Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases in China, the government of India has decided to do random Covid -19 tests for international passengers from today.

Earlier in the day, The Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also chaired a meeting with top officials and experts on the Covid -19 situation in the country.

With China witnessing a massive spurt in Covid -19 cases after the country eased the implementation of its stringent ‘zero-Covid’ policy, health officials in India on Wednesday advised citizens to take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus within India.

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya took to Twitter to share the status of the infection in countries, and India’s preparedness in handling the current situation.

“In view of rising cases of #COVID19 in some countries, reviewed the situation with experts and officials today. COVID is not over yet. I have directed all concerned to be alert and strengthen surveillance. We are prepared to manage any situation,” tweeted the Union Health Minister.

Following the Union Health Minister’s meeting with other experts, Dr Vinod Kumar Paul, Member of Health at NITI Aayog appealed to the country’s citizens to wear a mask, both indoors and outdoors, and mandated them to take the precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Use a mask if you are in a crowded space, indoors or outdoors. This is all the more important for people with comorbidities or are of higher age,” he said. “Only 27-28% of people have taken precaution dose. We appeal to others, especially senior citizens, to take precaution dose. Precaution dose is mandated and guided to everyone.”

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