GUWAHATI: The Mizoram Government today announced new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for entry-point screening in an effort to avert its devastating results and curb the spread of COVID-19 infections and new variant Omicron.
After receiving concerning recommendations from the State Level Expert Team on Covid-19 Management, the decision was made.
The revised guidelines include-
• Screening and Quarantine at Entry Points:
Unless exempted under sub-para 1.5 below, all entrants to the State of Mizoram must complete the formalities established by the Home Department, Government of Mizoram, and be screened for Covid-19 at the entry screening sites with RAgT for Covid-19.
All people who test positive for Covid-19 must be separated and treated according to the Covid-19 management protocol.
Asymptomatic individuals who test negative for RAgT may not be quarantined, but must adhere to Covid Appropriate Behaviour Guidelines (CAB),
If the symptomatic person tests negative with RAgT, he or she will be tested with RT-PCR/TrueNat and will be quarantined for 5 (five) days even if the test results are negative, and will be tested with RT-PCR/TrueNat again after the 5 (five) days.
Asymptomatic persons entering Mizoram may be excused from RAgT screening and quarantine if they produce the following documentation to the Entry Point Screening Team:
(1) A negative Covid-19 RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT test report issued by a recognized laboratory within 72 hours of admission, OR
(2) A certificate of discharge from a Home Isolation or Covid care facility issued by a competent authority within three months of the date of entry is required.
Persons with the certificate must monitor themselves for any Covid-19 symptoms for seven days while adhering to the COVID-19 Appropriate Behavior Guidelines (CAB). Symptomatic patients, on the other hand, are not excluded from RAgT screening, even if they provide one of the above-mentioned Certificates.
• Self-Monitoring: Persons responsible for self-monitoring must strictly adhere to CAB, which includes social distancing, wearing a face mask that covers the mouth and nose, and maintaining good hand hygiene; and keep an eye out for any of the Covid-19 symptoms listed below, and seek advice from the CMO/ MO responsible or the Helpline at telephone numbers 102/ 0389 2323336/ 0389 2322336/ 0389 2318336.
Besides, the COVID-19 symptoms listed include –
C. Loss of taste/ smell.
D. Sore throat/ throat irritation.
E. Malaise/ Weakness.
F. Body ache /Headache.
G. Gastro-intestinal upset.