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Covid Omicron variant: PM Modi issues instructions amid alarm over new strain

Updated on Nov 27, 2021 06:08 PM IST

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told officials on Saturday to review plans to ease travel restrictions as concerns rise over the new Omicron. The world's second-worst affected country by the pandemic had only Friday decided to resume international passenger flights from countries deemed "at risk" of the coronavirus, while ordering tightened border screening. But after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new variant to be "of concern", PM Modi "highlighted the need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified 'at risk'," the government said in a statement after he met with officials to review the COVID-19 and vaccination situation. Watch the full video for more details. 

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