Punjab revises guidelines for international passenger arrivals | Chandigarh News

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CHANDIGARH: As the threat of the Omicron coronavirus variant (B.1.1.529) looms, the government of Punjab has revised guidelines for international passengers arriving in the state. As per the guidelines, travelers from at-risk countries will be required to submit samples for the post-arrival Covid-19 test at the point of arrival and will have to wait for their test results at the airport. If passengers test positive, their samples will be sent for genomic testing.
The revision of the existing guidelines was carried out in accordance with the instructions issued by the Union Ministry of Health and will enter into force on 1 December. The new guidelines have been shared with all Deputy Commissioners and Civilian Surgeons.
Children under five are exempt from pre-arrival and post-arrival testing. However, if they show symptoms of Covid upon arrival, they will need to be tested and treated according to established protocol.
In addition, 5% of travelers from other countries that are not on the list of countries at risk will undergo random post-arrival tests.
Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Om Prakash Soni on Monday reviewed the state’s preparations to deal with the possible third wave of the pandemic while asking health authorities to ensure strict surveillance of passengers in originating in particular from South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel as the new variant cases were detected recently.
Soni, who is also the minister responsible for the health and family welfare department, called on health department officials to immediately start preparations to deal with any possible demands, in addition to initiating the purchase of the drugs. and the necessary equipment in this regard.
Health and Family Welfare Secretary Vikas Garg said the health department has started monitoring passengers in accordance with guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry for passengers arriving from other countries. All passengers are being sent for a mandatory seven-day quarantine despite having tested negative. After completing the seven-day quarantine period, the person will need to be tested again for Covid and if the test is negative, they will send home with counseling to self-isolate for an additional seven days.


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