Random sampling of international travellers has started at airports, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tells parliament amid Covid concerns

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Health Minister On Covid: Random Sampling Of International Travellers Has Begun

The central government today told the parliament that random sampling for Covid tests of incoming international travellers has started at airports. PM Narendra Modi is also to hold a review meeting after 3.30 pm in light of a new spurt in China.

  1. Two per cent of the travellers will have to give samples, after which they will be allowed to go, and the RT-PCR tests will thus be carried out, it is learnt.

  2. As for masks and any other strict measures in view of the recent spurt in China, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said states have been “advised to ensure protocol is followed”, but there is no mandate yet.

  3. The Centre has also asked all states to ensure genome sequencing of positive cases to understand the virus’ new variants.

  4. This is in line with what the minister had said on Wednesday after a meeting of an expert group. Government officials have been saying there is no need to panic.

  5. “In view of the festive season ahead, states have been asked to be alert, and create awareness about masks, sanitisers and social distancing,” the minister told the Lok Sabha. 

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