#Omicron: 7-day quarantine, mandatory test for globe trotters in Bengaluru

#Omicron: 7-day quarantine, mandatory test for globe trotters in Bengaluru

Airlines landing in Karnataka have been directed to check reports and not allow anyone to travel without the report.

Bengaluru: Amid the emergence of new COVID-19 variant – Omicron, states across India have stepped out screening and are adopting measures to restrict the likely spread of the virus. In Karnataka, international passengers arriving in Bengaluru airport, who test negative for COVID-19 on arrival, will be put in quarantine for seven days. After a week, they will be tested again for the virus.

Bengaluru Rural District Health Officer Tippeswamy said as many as 598 passengers who have travelled from international countries are under surveillance.

“We have discussed the issue of passengers coming from Kerala and Maharashtra to Bengaluru without RT-PCR test and vaccination report. We have already directed airlines to check reports compulsorily and not to allow anyone to travel without the report,” Tippeswamy said. 

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, “We are keeping a strict check at the airport on international passengers arriving from countries where the new COVID-19 variant (Omicron) has been detected. All international passengers will be tested at the airport on arrival.”

Several states have amped up COVID-19 testing, quarantining international travellers after a South Africa returnees tested positive for coronavirus in Chandigarh. One of the family members and domestic help of the patient have also being infected with the disease. The samples have been sent for whole-genome in Delhi to ascertain the variant of COVID-19. Airports are being regularly sanitized to ensure utmost safety.  

Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “immediately” ban international flights from Omicron hit countries.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 poses a high risk of infection and could lead to severe consequences in some regions.

The health organisation said, “Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic.” 

first published:Nov. 30, 2021, 12:59 p.m.

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