With Omicron cases on the rise in the country, the central government on Friday, January 7, decided to make seven-day home quarantine compulsory for all international passengers arriving in the country. The passengers will have to take an RT-PCR test on the eighth day.
According to the new rules, travellers from specified countries at risk will have to submit samples for Covid testing at the point of arrival. They will be allowed to leave the airport premises only after their test results are in. Those who test negative will have to quarantine at home for seven days
If anyone tests positive, their samples will be further sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network. Those who test positive will be managed at an isolation facility and treated as per standard protocol. Respective states will have to then begin tracing the contacts of these passengers. However, if they are negative, they will have to self-monitor for the next seven days.
International travellers arriving in India through seaports or land ports will also be bound by the same rules, except that they will not have the facility to register. They will have to submit the self-declaration form to authorities on arrival.
Covid-19 cases continue to soar as Goa reported 971 new infections and two deaths on Thursday, January 6.
The total count of Covid-19 cases involving the Omicron variant has also jumped to 19 with five patients being local residents from Margao, Bardez, Chicalim, and Canacona and with no travel history.