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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

India begins random Covid sampling of international travelers

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Muscat: The Government of India has outlined fresh guidelines, including the random sampling of international passengers for Covid-19, including those coming from China, at airports from today, December 21.


According to the Health Secretary, India has already issued instructions to keep track of covid cases and related trends. "We will increase testing from 100 to 600 per day. We are taking precautions, I appeal to people to get vaccinated soon".


The Indian Health Ministry on Tuesday urged all states and Union territories to ramp up the whole genome sequencing of positive samples of Covid to keep track of emerging variants.


It should be noted that masks are not yet compulsory in the country.


Meanwhile, Indian travelers returning from abroad during the current holiday season, Christmas and New Year, are advised to take specific precautions to prevent new strains of the deadly infection from entering the country.


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