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Covid Highlights: France urges EU to test passengers coming from China

Coronavirus updates: Amid a fresh outbreak of coronavirus in China and other countries, several nations have ramped up their surveillance and testing facilities to control the spread.
 Passengers undergo thermal screening as random Covid-19 testing starts at various airports across the country in the wake of rising cases of Coronavirus globally.
Passengers undergo thermal screening as random Covid-19 testing starts at various airports across the country in the wake of rising cases of Coronavirus globally.

Coronavirus updates: Amid a fresh outbreak of coronavirus in China and other countries, several nations have ramped up their surveillance and testing facilities to control the spread. Canada became the latest country to join other nations to make Covid-19 test mandatory for travellers from mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau. Malaysia, Japan, the United States and Spain are some of the other nations to have increased their Covid testing. India has also started to test and requires a negative RT-PCR test for travellers from China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong....Read More

On the other hand, where Covid is at its peak - China's Wuhan saw massive New Year celebrations on Saturday night to count down to the start of 2023. Several people were seeing releasing balloons in the sky at midnight and grabbing selfies, reported Reuters.

Meanwhile, according to experts, India's health scenario will not turn out to be like China's. 

The BF.7 variant of Covid-19 - a sublineage of Omicron's BA.5 variant - is the primary factor in the current outbreak in China. It was already detected in India in September and November, and the four patients have since recovered.

Follow all the updates here:
Jan 1, 2023 4:58 PM IST

France urges EU to test passengers coming from China

France has appealed to fellow European Union (EU) states to test travellers arriving from China, after Paris itself decided to do so.

Jan 1, 2023 3:29 PM IST

Canada seeks negative Covid-19 results from passengers coming from China

For a period of one month starting January 5, travellers (aged 2 and above) coming to Canada from China, Hong Kong and Macao need to show negative Covid-19 test on arrival. 

Jan 1, 2023 2:24 PM IST

‘Strict checking at Delhi airport’: Passenger who arrived from Singapore

There's strict checking at the airport. We had to fill Air Suvidha form and produce negative RT-PCR report: Passenger who arrived at Delhi airport from Singapore.

Jan 1, 2023 1:30 PM IST

Hong Kong to resume cross-border travel with mainland China

Hong Kong is working to resume quarantine-free travel with mainland China by as early as January 8, reported Reuters.

Jan 1, 2023 12:36 PM IST

Hong Kong asks Japan to withdraw Covid restrictions 

Hong Kong has asked Japan to withdraw a COVID-19 restriction that allows passenger flights from the financial hub to land only at four designated airports, saying the decision would affect about 60,000 passengers.

Jan 1, 2023 11:10 AM IST

India sees 265 new COVID cases, 3 deaths in 24 hours

India saw a single-day rise of 265 new coronavirus infections and a decline in active cases to 2,706, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The total tally of COVID cases was recorded at 4.46 crore. The death toll so far stands at 5,30,705 with three fatalities -- two reconciled by Kerala, and one death reported by Karnataka, in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am stated.

Jan 1, 2023 10:30 AM IST

Karnataka's new Covid rules

The Karnataka government on Saturday made home quarantine mandatory for those travelling from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand. The central government had already announced that travelers from these nations must produce their RT-PCR test reports before leaving the airport. Read more here

Jan 1, 2023 9:42 AM IST

China's Xi Jinping: Country facing ‘tough challenges with new Covid phase'

Chinese president Xi Jinping during his annual new year's address on Saturday said that the country is facing “tough challenges” as it enters "a new phase" in its Covid-19 response. “We have now entered a new phase of COVID response where tough challenges remain,” he said.

Jan 1, 2023 8:53 AM IST

Australia to start Covid-19 testing for travelers from China

Australia said travelers departing China, Hong Kong and Macau will require a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the country from January 5, reported Bloomberg.

Jan 1, 2023 8:10 AM IST

India see huge crowds amid Covid scare

Soaked in revelry, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata and other big cities across India welcomed 2023 amid huge celebrations. This is the first time in nearly two years that Covid restrictions were eased for those ringing in the New Year. While the latest surge in Covid cases in China remains a concern, authorities in India are taking precautions but no major curbs have yet been announced. Read more here

Jan 1, 2023 7:24 AM IST

Taiwan offers China help to deal with Covid surge

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday offered to provide China with "necessary assistance" to help it deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases, reported Reuters.

Jan 1, 2023 7:08 AM IST

China sees massive New Year celebrations amid on-going Covid wave

Thousands of people gathered in central Wuhan on Saturday night to count down to the start 2023 amid the on-going wave of coronavirus, reported Reuters. 

 

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