India to check travellers from Brazil, South Africa, UK after detecting new COVID-19 strains

18 February, 2021
India can make COVID-19 molecular lab tests mandatory for people arriving directly or perhaps indirectly from the UK, South Africa and Brazil found in a bid to contain the spread of more infectious virus variants within those countries.

India, which includes reported the highest number of overall COVID-19 cases after the US, detected the South African variant in four people previous month and the Brazilian a single in one person this month.

The federal government has said the South African and Brazilian strains can easier infect someone's lungs compared to the UK mutation. India has up to now reported 187 situations of infections with the UK variant.

The government overdue on Wednesday (Feb 17) said airlines will be required from next week to segregate inbound travellers from those countries.

India doesn't have direct flights with Brazil and South Africa, and most people visiting from these countries generally transit through Middle Eastern airports.

"All of the travellers arriving from/transiting through flights while it began with UK, Europe or the center East will be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular testing on arrival", India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement.

All flyers will also have to take a recent COVID-19 negative test article before boarding any trip to India, except in extraordinary circumstances like loss of life in a family.

India has up to now reported about 11 million coronavirus conditions and a lot more than 155,000 deaths. Cases have come down sharply since a mid-September peak of practically 100,000 a working day.

A government serological survey released this month, however, said practically 300 million of India's 1.35 billion people may curently have been infected by the virus.

The country in addition has administered 9.2 million vaccine dosages since beginning its campaign on Jan 16.