Italy flight passengers test Covid positive in Amritsar: Adding to the caseload of coronavirus infection in the country, at least 125 passengers of a flight from Italy tested positive in Punjab’s Amritsar on Thursday.
There were 179 passengers, including 19 children, on this chartered flight. It arrived from Milan in Amritsar this afternoon.
The flight made a technical halt at Tbilisi (Georgia), as per officials. It was reportedly operated by EuroAtlantic Airways, a Portuguese company.
It is to be noted here that Italy is one of the high-risk countries for the Omicron variant, as per the Union Health Ministry.
Now the passengers who were found Covid positive will be sent to institutional quarantine in Amritsar.
This has now added a huge spurt in Covid cases across the nation.
India Thursday reported over 90,000 fresh cases; this is a steep 65 per cent rise with a notable surge in Omicron cases. So far, Punjab has reported two Omicron cases.
The Centre has also asked the states to ensure the setting up of district, sub-district control rooms for COVID management. These are to be equipped with adequate staff, doctors, infrastructure, monitoring of beds availability, making outbound calls to patients in home isolation.
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria today reiterated that there is no need to panic but people should stay alert. Moreover, COVID-appropriate behaviour, including proper masking, washing hands, avoiding crowds & vaccination is crucial.
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