Delhi govt extends Covid guidelines for UK passengers, RT-PCR tests compulsory till Jan 31 

As per the contemporary guidelines, an RT-PCR take a look at might be compulsory for air passengers coming to Delhi from UK and the price of the take a look at will even be borne by the passengers. Passengers who might be discovered optimistic might be saved in a separate institutional isolation facility.

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Delhi authorities has issued guidelines for air passengers coming to the nationwide capital from the UK (UK), in wake of the brand new variant of Covid-19.

As per the contemporary guidelines, an RT-PCR take a look at might be compulsory for air passengers coming to Delhi from UK and the price of the take a look at will even be borne by the passengers.

Passengers who might be discovered optimistic might be saved in a separate institutional isolation facility.

The Delhi authorities had on January 8 issued guidelines for air travellers coming from UK. The guidelines have been legitimate till January 14 however have now been prolonged till January 31.

In the meantime, SpiceHealth and authorities analysis institute CSIR-IGIB on Thursday began a genome sequencing laboratory on the Delhi airport to make sure early motion in opposition to new variants of coronavirus which have emerged in nations just like the UK. Samples of all worldwide passengers, who bear RT-PCR take a look at on arrival on the Delhi airport and are discovered optimistic, might be despatched to this genome sequencing lab.

In sequencing, chemical construction of the virus pattern is analysed to know if and the way it’s totally different from different strands of the virus already detected.

“Now we have began a pilot challenge with SpiceHealth right here on the airport to search out out if we will generate the ‘sequence’ in lower than 48 hours and inform the federal government in case there’s a virus variant,” stated Anurag Agrawal, Director, Council of Scientific and Industrial Analysis – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB).

Samples shipped to regional labs in India take round one week to do the sequencing.

India had suspended all passenger flights connecting the 2 nations from December 23 to January 7 as a brand new and extra contagious variant of the coronavirus emerged within the UK.

(With PTI inputs)

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