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No Case of Omicron Reported In India So Far, Health Minister Informs Rajya Sabha

In another question on Covid-19 situation in India, the minister said, ‘It is under control but Covid-19 has not gone away. 124 crore vaccine doses have been administered across the country so far.”

No Case of Omicron Reported In India So Far, Health Minister Informs Rajya Sabha

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 Nov 2021 11:37 AM GMT

Guwahati: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday informed the Rajya Sabha that the country has not yet reported any case of Omicron variant of COVID-19.

While replying to a question on Omicron, Mandaviya said,'' "This new variant has been found in 14 countries. There is no case of Omicron in India yet. We are taking all possible precautions and doing genome sequencing as well."

According to World Health organization (WHO) -- Omicron carries a "very high" risk of infection surges - has triggered global alarm, with border closures casting a shadow over a nascent economic recovery from a two-year pandemic.

In another question on Covid-19 situation in India, the minister said, 'It is under control but Covid-19 has not gone away. 124 crore vaccine doses have been administered across the country so far."

On Sunday, Union Health Ministry had revised guidelines for international arrivals in India which will come into the effect from December 1 in view of the threat of the new coronavirus variant Omicron.

Under the revised guidelines, the Centre makes it mandatory for international passengers entering India to submit 14-days travel details and upload negative RT-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal before the journey. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.

As per Health Ministry's guidelines, travelers from 'countries at-risk' will need to take the COVID test post-arrival & wait for results at the airport. If tested negative they'll follow, home quarantine for 7 days. Re-test on 8th day & if negative, further self-monitor for next 7 days.

"Travelers from countries excluding those 'countries at risk' will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor health for 14 days' post-arrival. A sub-section (5% of total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival," the guidelines state.

The countries (at risk updated as on November 26, 2021) from where travelers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India include European countries, the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

Also read:Existing Vaccine Less Effective Against Omicron: Moderna CEO

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