NEW DELHI: Centre has released SOPs for passengers arriving from UK due to new variant of coronavirus.
The arriving passengers will have to take an RT-PCR test and those testing positive for the new variant will be isolated in a separate isolation facility.
Contacts of COVID-19 positive passengers who arrived between December 21 and 23 will be subjected to institutional quarantine.
#IndiaFightsCorona #Unite2FightCorona Health Ministry issues Standard Operating Procedure for Epidemiological Surveillance and Response in the context of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in United Kingdom.https://t.co/K1afqwckwy pic.twitter.com/SMsuZbRqSl— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) December 22, 2020
Earlier in the day, Delhi airport authorities have said that five out of 266 passengers and crew members on a flight, which arrived at Delhi airport from UK’s London last night, have tested COVID-19 positive.
Their samples have been sent to NCDC for research and they’ve been sent to a care centre, authorities added.
The UK has reported a new coronavirus strain, calling it highly infectious.