The Uttarakhand government has announced that people traveling from other states will have to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test amid concerns about the new Covid variant Omicron.
The health department has given instructions to check the passengers coming from outside states on the borders and conduct the COVID test.
“The Chief Medical Officers (CMO) of all the districts have been instructed to conduct RT-PCR COVID-19 testing for all passengers coming from outside the state at all border entry points. All districts instructed that if any passenger coming from outside the state shows symptoms of COVID, then he/she should be tested and later put under 14-day quarantine if tested positive. COVID testing is to be conducted at various border entry points. For prevention of infection, sample checking should be done at the borders as well,” informed State DG Health Dr. Tripti Bahuguna.
Uttrakhand Health Secretary Dr. Pankaj Kumar Pandey has instructed all the District Magistrates of the state to monitor the people coming from outside, along with intensive testing, as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 variant Omicron.
The Health Secretary has also given instructions to form monitoring teams at the district level for proper prevention.
The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa.