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From Saturday, strict surveillance and checks were imposed on passengers bound for India

New Delhi: With the Ministry of Health instructing the Ministry of Aviation to subject passengers of all flights arriving at airports in India to COVID testing and, if necessary, surveillance beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, it is assured that all systems will be implemented immediately.

Everyone who travels must maintain social distance and wear a mask.

Two percent of people arriving on each flight should be screened. It is the responsibility of the airlines to select those who will be subjected to random inspections.

To follow on the journey.

At all entry points on flights and journeys, notification of precautionary measures to be taken against COVID (use of masks, social distancing, etc.) should be ensured.

All passengers exhibiting symptoms of COVID during travel should be isolated as per the prescribed COVID protocol; the above-mentioned passengers must wear masks. Isolate yourself from other passengers on a flight or during travel. And after travel, the patient should be transferred to an isolation facility for further treatment.

Those who arrive as passengers.

Passengers should be released from planes, etc., by ensuring physical distance.

The designated health personnel at the respective location should ensure thermal screening of all passengers.

Passengers who exhibit symptoms while being screened should be isolated immediately. They should be taken to a designated medical facility as per COVID protocol.

Other conditions that must be met upon arrival.

Two percent of all passengers on board will be screened for COVID-19 at the airport upon their arrival. Children below 12 years of age are excluded from this. But if any of them have symptoms of COVID or if they are under self-monitoring period, they should be tested and treated as per COVID protocol.

The airlines concerned (prioritising passengers from different countries) will select the passengers to undergo such screening on each flight. They will be allowed to leave the airport after submitting samples.

If such travellers’ samples are found to be positive, they should be subjected to genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network.

Passengers who are found to be infected with COVID-19 should be treated according to the prescribed COVID-19 protocol.

Upon arrival, all arriving passengers should self-monitor their health. If you experience symptoms, go to the nearest health centre or call the national helpline number (1075) or state helpline numbers.

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