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India imposes mandatory Covid tests for fliers from 6 countries

Filling Air Suvidha forms and having RT-PCR test reports 72 hours prior to departure are likely to be made mandatory next week for all international passengers from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore, said Indian minister Dr Mansukh Madaviya.

Further, according to sources in the Indian Health ministry, the next 40 days will be crucial as India may see a surge in Covid cases in mid-January.

Amid the explosion in Covid cases in some countries, the operational readiness of healthcare facilities is under review in all states and Union Territories in anticipation of another wave.

Two passengers from Dubai tested positive for Covid at the Chennai airport on December 28.

At least 39 international fliers tested positive for Covid between December 24 and 26. Taking due cognisance of the global surge in cases, including China, the Centre had directed random testing of international passengers.


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