People landing in India by air from countries where the new Omicron variant has been detected will have to follow certain entry rules. (READ HERE)
India has announced these fresh rules to check the spread of this new variant.
All the international passengers coming to India will have to fill a self-declaration form.
They will also have to show their negative RT-PCR test report. They will not be able to enter India if any of these two conditions are not fulfilled.
Moreover, those coming from the ‘at-risk; nations like South Africa will have to give samples for RT-PCR testing after they reach India.
Anyone with a positive report will be quarantined. Their samples will be sent for genome sequencing.
And if the person is infected with the Omicron’ variant, stricter isolation rules would apply. People from ‘at-risk nations who test negative will have to be in-home quarantine for seven days. They will be tested again on Day 8.
And those coming from the countries ‘not at risk’ and whose samples test negative will be advised to monitor themselves carefully for at least two weeks.
Also, the Karnataka health minister Dr K Sudhakar today said one of the two foreign nationals who came from South Africa have been affected by a variant that is different from the Delta strain.
Earlier, reports claimed that both of them were affected by the Delta variant.
It is worth mentioning here that the government Monday confirmed that no case of the Omicron variant has been detected in India so far.
However, two clusters, one in Maharashtra and another in Karnataka, are under investigation.