In light of new Covid-19 strain, Karnataka govt to enhance passenger screening at airports, sea ports

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On December 20, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed the public that a new variant of COVID-19 virus has been found in UK.

 

In view of the new strain of COVID-19 reported from the UK, Karnataka government has enhanced passenger screening at International Airports and Seaports.

According to the circular issued by the state government, in view of the new variant of COVID-19 reported from the United Kingdom, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has decided to suspend all flights originating from the UK to India. 

As per the news agency ANI report, the International Airports at Bengaluru and Mangaluru are instructed to provide the list of passengers arrived from the UK from December 7, 2020, onwards till date.

"It is hereby instructed that for all flights arriving from today (Monday), RT-PCR testing must be done for all passengers originating from the UK, including those transiting in other airports outside the UK. Those who are RT-PCR positive shall be under hospital isolation and positive samples should be sent to NIMHANS, Bengaluru for molecular testing," the circular read.

According to the report, passengers who are RT-PCR negative shall be under strict home quarantine for 14 days. 

Contact details of all such passengers should be informed to District Surveillance Officers for quarantine follow-up.

On December 20, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed the public that a new variant of COVID-19 virus has been found in UK.

 

With inputs from Agency

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