COVID-19: India detects 11 new Omicron sub-variants in international traveller

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COVID-19: India detects 11 new Omicron sub-variants in international traveller

COVID-19: India detects 11 new Omicron sub-variants in international traveller

During testing of foreign travellers at Indian airports and ports between December 24 and January 3, eleven COVID-19 variants were found, according to official sources.

Eleven Omicron sub-variants were discovered during testing of international visitors, with all of these variants previously identified as present in the country, according to sources. A total of 19,227 international travellers’ samples were analysed, with 124 proven positive and isolated.

We obtained the genome sequencing findings for 40 of the 124 positive samples, in the maximum number of 14 samples XBB including XBB.1 was detected. According to official sources, BF 7.4.1 was discovered in one sample. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India recorded a modest increase in COVID infections on Thursday, with 188 new cases reported in the previous 24 hours.

COVID-19: India detects 11 new Omicron sub-variants in international travellerOn Wednesday, the nation saw 175 new cases. India now has 2,554 active cases, having a 0.01 percent active case rate, according to the MoHFW. The nation’s recovery rate was also 98.8% at the time, with 201 recoveries on the previous day bringing the total to 4,41,46,055.

The Health Ministry also said that the nation’s weekly and daily positive rates are 0.12 and 0.10 percent, respectively. The Health Ministry said that, as part of the nationwide vaccination drive against COVID-19, a total of 220.12 crore vaccine doses—of which 61,828 doses were provided in the previous day—have been administered. This includes 95.13 crore second doses and 22.42 crore precaution doses.

The number of COVID tests performed across the nation increased to 91.15 crores as a result of the 1,93,051 tests that were completed in the past 24 hours, according to the report. The operational readiness of health facilities is being examined in all states and Union Territories in case of another wave, as there have been reports of an increase in COVID cases in various nations.

The BF.7 variant, which is thought to be the main source of the surge, even in nations like China and the US, has recently been linked to an increase in Covid cases all around the world.

According to data provided by China, Omicron subvariants BA.5.2 and BF.7 are the most common and account for 97.5% of all local infections. The World Health Organization (WHO) said in an official statement that they will continue to closely monitor the situation in the People’s Republic of China and globally and urged all the countries to remain vigilant, to monitor and report sequences, as well as to conduct independent and comparative research.

On all international flights from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, and Japan, mandatory pre-departure RT-PCR testing has now been implemented for travellers landing in India. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated in a news release dated January 2, 2023 that the test must be completed within 72 hours after beginning the trip.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to alter its current criteria for international arrivals in light of the rising COVID instances in the aforementioned nations, according to a ministry announcement from Lav Agarwal, additional secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

It stated that the Air Suvidha Portal of the Ministry of Civil Aviation must be made operational for passengers on all international flights from these nations, with a provision allowing international travellers arriving in India to submit both a self-declaration form and negative RT-PCR test reports on this portal.

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