Amid Omicron scare, Ghana, Tanzania added to India’s list of ‘at risk’ countries

Amid Covid-19 new variant Omicron threat, India has added Ghana and Tanzania to the list of “at risk” countries. Passengers arriving from these two places would have to follow additional Covid-19 testing and quarantine measures.

Giving information in this regard on Tuesday, the Aviation Ministry said list of “at risk” countries was updated on Monday (December 7).

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As per the Aviation Ministry, the list of ‘at risk’ countries was updated on December 7. Photo Social media

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The ministry added that countries in Europe, including the UK, and South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Ghana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tanzania and Israel had already been placed in the “at-risk” category.

Delhi had reported its first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 on December 5 with a 37-year-old fully vaccinated man, who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania, testing positive. The patient, a resident of Ranchi, had travelled from Tanzania to Doha and from there to Delhi on a Qatar Airways flight on December 2. He stayed in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a week. The person has mild symptoms.

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All passengers coming from ‘at-risk’ nations will have to compulsorily undergo RT-PCR test. Photo: Social media

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According to the Union Health Ministry’s guidelines that came into force from December 1 following the emergence of the Omicron variant, all passengers coming from “at-risk” countries have to compulsorily undergo RT-PCR test and two per cent of passengers arriving from other countries would have to take the test on a random basis. The passengers will have to wait for the results before leaving the airport or taking a connecting flight, according to the guidelines.

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Passengers will have to wait for the Covid test report before leaving the airport or taking a connecting flight. Photo: Social media

-PTC News with agency inputs