New Covid variant: Health dept issues advisory for international fliers visiting Punjab
In the wake of the Union health ministry cautioning about new Covid-19 variant Omicron, the Punjab health department has issued an advisory asking frequent international travellers and NRIs visiting Punjab to go through mandatory coronavirus test.
If tested positive, the passengers will have to go through a genome sequencing test to ensure that they are not suffering from the new virus variant, the advisory says.
In a letter, the health department has asked all the civil surgeons, vice-chancellors of medical and animal husbandry universities, medical colleges and private testing laboratories to share the data on such patients.
“If any international traveller comes to your institution or laboratory and is found corona positive, a sample should be sent immediately to the Government Medical College (GMC), Patiala, for genome-sequencing test,” the letter reads.
Ludhiana civil surgeon Dr SP Singh said the orders were received on Monday.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday had declared Omicron a “variant of concern”, placing the new strain into the most troubling category of Covid variants, along with Delta.
The Union government is planning tightened travel rules and checks for visitors, with cases emerging in Botswana, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Israel and the Czech Republic.
A 39-year-old elephant, deployed by its owner for begging as well as in wedding processions, was rescued by the forest department from Bhadohi while being transported to another state. She has now been kept under the care of Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital, Mathura. A press statement issued by Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital on Thursday said the pachyderm—Rosie— was put under heavy and spiked chains and suffering from severe foot ailments and fragile health.
The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 10,44,369 on Thursday after the detection of 126 new cases, while the death toll increased by one to reach 10,742, an official said. The recovery count increased by 65 to touch 10,33,077, leaving the state with 550 active cases, the official informed. With 7,353 swab samples examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 2,95,03,192, he said.
Uttar Pradesh reported 439 fresh Covid cases from among 91418 samples tested in the past 24-hours, with a positivity rate of 0.4%. Also, 603 people recovered from the infection during the same period. A day before Uttar Pradesh had reported 548 new Covid cases. The state now has 3375 active Covid cases and majority of them are in home isolation. State has reported a total 2090487 Covid cases and 23,538 deaths.
LUCKNOW Chief minister Yogi Adityanath pulled up officials of the district administration, municipal corporation and the Gorakhpur Development Authority over waterlogging in various localities of Gorakhpur after rainfall. He told officers that waterlogging will not be tolerated and action will be taken against slack officers. The CM collected feedback from officers about waterlogging in the city. Municipal commissioner Avinash Singh told the CM that water-logged areas had been cleared after installation of pumps.
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