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Covid updates: Health min reviews screening, testing at Delhi's IGI airport

Coronavirus news updates, January 2, 2023: The BF.7 sub variant - sub lineage of Omicron variant BA.5 - that is primarily driving the surge in cases in China was already detected in India in four patients in 2022, with all since recovered.
More than 50 international travellers have so far tested positive for Covid-19 in India.
More than 50 international travellers have so far tested positive for Covid-19 in India.

With China's Covid-19 cases spike, India and multiple countries have stepped up their entry restrictions and measures. The Union health ministry in a fresh advisory last month directed airports and all other entry points of the country to strengthen surveillance, conduct genome sequencing and stay alert. In this regard, a fresh advisory was issued that mandated RT-PCR test for travellers from China and five other nations, and random sampling of 2 per cent of all international passengers. Not just India, several other countries such as the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Japan and Australia, among others, have imposed the same (Covid-19 test on arrival) entry requirement on travellers from China in view of a fresh, deadly outbreak in the Asian nation....Read More

The health ministry has also tightened measures within the country, bringing the focus back on Covid-appropriate behaviour such as wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining physical distance. Last month, a nationwide mock drill was conducted at all hospitals and health care centres, with Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya visiting Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital, in order to gauge their preparedness for Covid-19. The central government has also directed hospitals and clinics to make sure that adequate supply of medical oxygen and beds is available.

More than 50 international travellers have so far tested positive for Covid-19. Health officials aware of Centre's action plan on the global infection spike earlier told HT that early detection of new variants of the virus and their containment are among the key surveillance measures the government is focussing on.

The BF.7 sub variant - sub lineage of Omicron variant BA.5 - that is primarily driving the surge in cases in China was already detected in India in four patients in 2022. These people have since recovered, and experts have said as long as a new variant doesn't emerge, there is no need to worry.

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Jan 2, 2023 10:55 PM IST

Covid-19 clean slate: No case, death, recovery reported in Chhattisgarh

No Covid-19 case or death was reported in Chhattisgarh on Monday, which kept the tally and toll unchanged at 11,77,758 and 14,146, respectively, a health official said. There was no rise in the recovery count either, which stood at 11,63,603, leaving the state with nine active cases, he added. So far, 1,88,42,571 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the state, including 1,882 during the day, a government release said. Chhattisgarh's coronavirus figures are as follows: Positive cases 11,77,758, new cases (zero), death toll 14,146, recovered 11,63,603, active cases 9, today tests 1,882, total tests 1,88,42,571, reported PTI. 

Jan 2, 2023 9:57 PM IST

Union health minister Mandaviya reviews screening, Covid testing facility at Delhi's IGI Airport

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Monday reviewed the screening and Covid testing facility at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport amid a rise in coronavirus cases in some countries, including China.

The government has made random Covid tests mandatory for two per cent of passengers arriving on each international flight irrespective of their port of departure. Besides, passengers arriving in India from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand are being mandatorily required to provide Covid negative reports from January 1, reported PTI. 

Jan 2, 2023 6:01 PM IST

Covid situation in UP is normal: CM Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the state at a high-level meeting with officials, and said that the situation in the state is normal amid the rising cases in various countries.

He also directed the officials to closely monitor the "changing trends" of coronavirus and to conduct genome sequencing of the new cases, reported PTI. 

Jan 2, 2023 4:25 PM IST

India mandates Covid-19 -ve report from passengers transiting through high risk nations

India makes uploading of Covid RTPCR negative report mandatory 72 hours prior to boarding for international passengers even transiting through 6 high risk countries. Earlier it was mandatory only for those passengers arriving from these countries.

Jan 2, 2023 3:54 PM IST

Qatar to require all travelers from China to have a Covid test

Qatar will from Tuesday require travelers arriving from China to provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours of departure, Qatar's state news agency QNA said on Monday.

The testing requirement is imposed on all travelers regardless of vaccination status, the agency added, reported Reuters. 

Jan 2, 2023 2:10 PM IST

UP CM holds review meeting on Covid-19

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on Monday held a review meeting with the officers of Team-9 on the current scenario of Covid-19 in the state, an official statement from the chief minister's office said. He directed them that ICU should be operational in all districts of the state and there should be no dearth of medicines, technicians and specialists, ANI reported.

Jan 2, 2023 11:14 AM IST

Over 10 nations have so far imposed entry curbs for Chinese travellers

More than 10 countries have so far imposed entry restrictions on passengers from China in wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the Asian country. The list includes India, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Japan, the US and the UK, among others. Canada and Australia have become latest entrants in the list.

Jan 2, 2023 9:36 AM IST

People in major Chinese cities return to regular activity

Despite a rise in Covid-19 cases and biting cold, some people in key Chinese cities such as Beijing, Wuhan and Shanghai returned to regular activity, Reuters reported. This comes as the Asian nation dropped its strict ‘Zero Covid’ policy on December 7 and is expected to open borders on January 8. 

Jan 2, 2023 9:16 AM IST

India reports 173 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

India on Monday recorded as many as 173 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally of the country to 44,678,822, according to an 8am bulletin update by the Union health ministry. The active count stands at 2,670, and the death toll has reached 530,707 with one reported from Karnataka.

Jan 2, 2023 9:06 AM IST

China's Covid-19 death toll rises to 5,250 after one fatality in mainland

China's death toll reached 5,250 on the first day of 2023 with one patient succumbing to the virus, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday, according to Reuters.

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