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All Passengers From UK To Be Tested For Covid-19 On Arrival Between Jan 8-30

News Link: All Passengers From UK To Be Tested For Covid-19 On Arrival Between Jan 8-30 – By MK (Editor)

All passengers coming from the UK between January 8 and January 30 would be subjected to self-paid Covid-19 tests on arrival. The health ministry stated in a standard operating procedure (SOP) issued on Saturday.

Moreover, each passenger arriving from the UK would have to bring his or her Covid-19 negative report. The certificate needs to have 72 hours validity, the S O P stated.

India had suspended all flights to and from the United Kingdom from December 23 to 31. That is to check the spread of the mutated, more contagious variant of coronavirus found there. Later, the suspension extended till January 7.

Only 30 flights per week will operate between India and the UK.  Services resume from January 8 and this arrangement will continue till January 23. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said this on Friday.

“Airlines to ensure the availability of negative test report before allowing the passenger to board the flight.”

It said adequate arrangements should make for the passengers who are waiting for their RT-PCR test or its results at the airport.

“Passengers testing positive need to go on isolation in an institutional facility in a separate (isolation) unit. That coordinated by the respective state health authorities,” the SOP said.

If the genomic sequencing indicates the presence of the new variant of SARS – C o V – 2. The patient will continue to remain in a separate isolation unit, it said.

The patient will get a test on the 14th day after having tested positive. And he or she will be in the isolation facility till his or her sample has tested negative, it added.

If a passenger tests Covid-positive on arrival, passengers seated in the same row, three rows in front and three rows behind would also be subjected to institutional quarantine in separate quarantine centers, the S O P said.

The passengers who are Covid-negative after the tests conducted at the airport would be advised home quarantine for 14 days. The concerned state or district administration should regularly follow up with them, it said.

The presence of the new UK variant of the virus is already there in Denmark, Netherlands, Australia. Also Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.

Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the pandemic.

However, airlines have permission to operate special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission since May this year. And under the bi lateral air bubble pacts since July.

India has formed air bubble pacts with 24 countries, including the UK.

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News Link: All Passengers From UK To Be Tested For Covid-19 On Arrival Between Jan 8-30 – By MK (Editor)

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