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Coronavirus outbreak live updates: Random testing of int'l arrivals from Dec 24, airlines to select flyers for screening – Times of India

Covid BF7 Variant LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cautioned against complacency and advised for maintaining strict vigil in the country amid Covid cases soaring in China. Meanwhile, months after Shanghai endured a brutal lockdown to stop the spread of Covid, the virus is starting to make its way virtually unchecked through the megacity’s 25 million-strong population. Hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of infected patients, pharmacies are turning customers away empty-handed, businesses are shutting because staff are off sick, most schools have closed and usage of public transport is plummeting. Stay with TOI for the latest developments —Read Less
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'Increased testing, stress on using masks': States step up vigil amid global Covid surge

In view of the sudden surge in Covid cases in many countries, the Indian medical association, Goa State branch has alerted public to follow Covid appropriate behaviour.
The association has appealed for wearing of face masks in all crowded public places, social distancing and regular hand washing with soap or use of sanitisers.It has also advised people to consult the doctor in case of any symptoms like fever, sore throad, cough, loose motions etc and get the Covid vaccination including precautionary dose at the earliest.
Random testing of international arrivals from December 24, airlines to select passengers for screening.

Rajasthan issues directions to start srceening, genome sampling amid fresh Covid scare
The Rajasthan Health department on Thursday directed Chief Medical and Health Officers of all districts to start screening, genome sampling and identifying high-risk groups amid a spurt in Covid cases in some parts of the world.
Karnataka makes wearing of face masks mandatory in indoor locations
The Karnataka government on Thursday decided to conduct mandatory testing of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) in the state amid a spurt in Covid-19 cases in some parts of the world, including China. The government also decided to make face masks mandatory in closed spaces and airconditioned rooms. The two per cent random testing of international passengers arriving in the state will continue until revised directions from the Centre, state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said.
After Centre’s advisory, several states hold review meet, issue new guidelines.

Karnataka to conduct Covid tests for flu-like symptoms

Covid review meeting: PM Modi cautions against complacency, directs officials to strengthen surveillance measures

Audit Covid-specific facilities to ensure readiness of hospital infra, including oxygen cylinders, ventilators, staffing: PM to states

During the high-level meeting on Covid19, PM Modi was informed that there is adequate availability with regard to medicines, vaccines and hospital beds. He advised to regularly monitor the availability and prices of essential medicines: PMO

PM advises adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour including wearing of mask; stresses on precaution dose for elderly, vulnerable groups.

PM Modi stressed the need to ensure that entire Covid infrastructure at all levels is maintained at a high level of preparedness in terms of equipment, processes & human resources: PMO

PM Modi cautions against complacency, advises for maintaining strict vigil: PMO statement after Covid-19 review meeting

Uttarakhand Health Secy Dr R Rajesh Kumar along with Chief Medical Officers of all 13 districts reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the state via video conferencing today. All DMs have been advised to encourage the public to follow the mask mandate and take vaccine booster dose.

The high-level meeting by PM Modi, to review the situation related to Covid-19 in the country, has been concluded.

Covid-19: Karnataka makes wearing of face masks mandatory in indoor locations
The state government on Thursday decided to conduct mandatory testing of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) in the state amid a spurt in Covid-19 cases in some parts of the world, including China. The government also decided to make face masks mandatory in closed spaces and airconditioned rooms.
Centre advises heightened surveillance, booster dose coverage as Covid cases rise globally
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said states have been asked to focus on heightened surveillance within the community, undertake requisite control and containment measures, and ensure coverage of precaution doses for Covid-19 vaccination, amid a spurt of coronavirus cases in some parts of the world.
Mandatory Covid tests for all all international passengers if necessary: Govt
In the wake of surge in COVID-19 cases in many countries, India has started 2 per cent random sampling of international travellers coming to the country and may consider making it mandatory for all if necessary, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday.
Traders associations in Delhi ask shop owners to wear masks, follow Covid norms
Many trader associations across Delhi have asked shop owners to wear masks, use sanitisers and follow social distancing norms amid concerns over the surge in Covid cases in some countries. Fearing that the possible surge here will impact their business yet again, some of these associations have also called meetings to discuss their future course of action.
The high-level meeting has been called as there has been a surge in Covid cases in China, Japan, South Korea, France and the United States.
The spike is being blamed on new Omicron sub-variant BF.7, which has also been detected in four states in India.

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