Two South African nationals tested positive for Covid-19 at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport on Saturday, causing concern among health officials over the new Omicron strain of the fatal virus.
On Saturday, Bengaluru Rural Deputy Commissioner K. Srinivas indicated that more test results would be needed to determine whether the South Africans are infected with the Omicron type.
The findings of the tests will take another 48 hours to arrive, according to the Health Department.
Both have been quarantined and will remain there until their test results establish the presence of the new type.
So far, 584 people have arrived in Bengaluru from ten “high-risk” countries, according to Srinivas, with 94 individuals arriving from South Africa alone.
He also went to the Bengaluru airport to see how the authorities are handling security and precautionary measures for international travellers arriving from high-risk countries where the Omicron variant has been found.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday emphasised the importance of monitoring all overseas arrivals in light of the new Covid variant Omicron, and instructed officials to reassess plans for relaxing international travel restrictions in light of the new information.
PM Modi was briefed on the global Covid-19 situation, particularly the new Variant of Concern ‘Omicron,’ as well as its characteristics and impact in various nations.
In response to growing concern about a new COVID-19 variant known as ‘Omicron,’ which was first discovered in South Africa, India has added several countries to the list of countries from which visitors will need to take extra precautions upon arrival in India, including post-arrival infection testing.
South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Israel, Hong Kong, and countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom, are among the countries from which travellers will need to take extra precautions upon arrival in India.
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