New version: Center alerts states, union territories to conduct rigorous testing

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New Delhi: The Center on Thursday asked all states and union territories to conduct rigorous screening and testing of all international travelers arriving or departing from South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana, where a new COVID-19 outbreak has serious public health implications. Version has been reported.

In a letter to Additional Chief Secretaries or Principal Secretaries or Secretaries (Health) of States and Union Territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked them to ensure that the samples of passengers arriving positive are sent to the designated IGSLS or Genome Sequencing Laboratories immediately. be sent.

It has now been reported by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) that multiple cases of a COVID-19 variant b.1.1529 were reported in Botswana (3 cases), South Africa (6) and Honkong (1 case) Huh. Bhushan has said in the letter.

“This variant is reported to have a significantly higher number of mutations, and thus, has serious public health implications for the country in view of the recently relaxed visa restrictions and opening up of international travel.

“It is therefore imperative that all international passengers traveling to and transiting through these countries, (they are part of the ‘at risk’ country category of international travelers arriving in India) and all other ‘at risk’ countries indicated in the amended The guidelines for international arrivals, issued by this Ministry on November 11, 2021, are subject to rigorous screening and testing as per MoHFW guidelines,” he said.

The contacts of these international travelers should also be closely tracked and tested as per MoHFW guidelines.

“You are also requested to ensure that the samples of passengers who test positive are immediately sent to the designated IGSLS as per the INSACOG guidance document issued by this Ministry on July 15, 2021,” the letter said.

Bhushan said that the State Surveillance Officers should establish close coordination with their designated/tagged IGSLS to expedite the results of genomic analysis, so that in case of presence of type of concern or type of interest by the States and UTs. to take necessary public health measures. Reported by INSACOG Network.

“It is important for the States and UTs to follow the comprehensive Test-Track Treat-Vaccination principle to ensure stringent implementation of containment measures as per MoHFW guidelines, and the spread of VoC/Vols and formation of clusters of cases. To stop,” she said.

A new variant of COVID-19, suspected to contain a large number of spike mutations previously overlooked, has been found in South Africa, with authorities there confirming 22 positive cases on Thursday.

Dr Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, posted details of the new variant, classified as B.1.1529, on his Twitter account earlier this week, prompting scientists to consider it a cause of concern. It is believed to be a variant – although it has yet to be formally classified in the UK.

Read also: The new ‘Botswana’ version is the most mutated version of Covid


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