Omicron Virus: India’s Union Health Ministry Updates Covid Guideline for International Passengers
South Africa -India’s Union Health Ministry refreshes Covid-19 rules for international tourists, realized from 1 December 2021. Foreign tourists will require to submit 14 days’ past travel details, a self-declaration and a negative Rt-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha application 72 hours before beginning their journey.
The Health Ministry said, “The current rules have been overhauled considering the reporting of a new variation of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.529; named Omicron) which has been presently termed as a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).”
On Sunday, the new coronavirus variant named Omicron spread around the world. It was first detected in South Africa. It has reached Belgium, Australia, Botswana, Denmark, Britain, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada and France.
On Saturday, PM Narendra Modi advised authorities to examine plans to ease travel limitations as worries ascend over the new coronavirus variant, ‘Omicron’.
PM Modi highlighted the requirement for checking every single international arrival, their testing according to rules, with a special focus on nations, recognized ‘at risk,” the authorities stated.
Numerous nations have begun travel bans or modified travel checks on Southern Africa to stem the spread. On Friday, financial business sectors fell, and oil costs tumbled after the new variant news.
On Sunday, a South African medical specialist who was one of the first to detect a new Covid strain stated that Omicron symptoms were very mild and could be managed at home.
Dr Angelique Coetzee, head of the South African Medical Association, told Reuters that, unlike the Delta variant, thus far, cases have not reported the loss of taste or smell, and there has been no significant decrease in oxygen levels with ‘Omicron’.
However, WHO is working with specialized technical experts to comprehend the possible effect of Omicron on existing counter-steps against coronavirus, including jabs.