India has issued an alert for Covid and instructed Union territories and states to prepare for any situation.
Delhi, India: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced today that as of January 1. Passengers traveling to India from China and five other nations will be required to submit a report of a negative Covid test prior to their arrival.
Before departing, passengers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand will be required to upload their reports through the Air Suvidha portal.
“From January 1, 2023, flyers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand must undergo an RT-PCR test. “Before they travel, they will be required to upload their reports on the Air Suvidha portal,” Mr. Mandaviya stated in a tweet.
Mr. Mandaviya stated that the tests must be completed within 72 hours of traveling to India.
The announcement comes amid an increase in the number of Covid cases in China and other nations. A new coronavirus variant, BF.7, is thought to be the cause of the surge, according to experts.
Following Beijing’s decision to relax the stringent regulations that had largely kept the virus at bay but had sunk the economy and sparked widespread protests, hospitals across China have been overwhelmed by an explosion of infections.
Many ecstatic Chinese have made plans to travel abroad since China announced this week that it would end the mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
India has issued a warning and instructed Union territories and states to prepare for any situation. Additionally, beginning on Saturday, the government has mandated random coronavirus testing for 2% of international flight passengers.
According to data from the Health Ministry, India has recorded 268 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 3,552.
The ministry reported a daily positivity rate of 0.11 percent and a weekly positivity rate of 0.17 percent. Hence the fliers now should take extra care.