This requirement is in addition to the random 2 per cent tests of all international passengers upon their arrival in India irrespective of the port of departure…reports Asian Lite News
Amid a global resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Union Health Ministry has made it mandatory for travellers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand to undergo RT-PCR tests before departure.
“International passengers travelling from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand to India will be mandatorily required to undergo RT-PCR tests before their departure from these countries/destinations and upload the Covid negative RTPCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal from January 1, 2023,” the Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The test should be conducted within 72 hours before their journey to India, the statement noted. This requirement is in addition to the random 2 per cent tests of all international passengers upon their arrival in India irrespective of the port of departure.
Meanwhile, India reported total 268 fresh Covid cases on Thursday in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country stands at 3,552 cases, accounting for 0.01 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.
The weekly and daily positivity rates stood at 0.17 per cent and 0.11 per cent, respectively.
Delhi reports 11 new Covid cases
The national capital on Thursday reported 11 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, a Delhi government health bulletin stated.
However, no new Covid related death has been reported in the city. The overall toll continues to stand at 26,521.
Meanwhile, the Covid positivity rate in the capital city has been reported to be 0.29 per cent. The number of active cases stands at 35 out of which 22 patients are being treated in home isolation.
With 11 patients recovering in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries has gone to 19,80,643, while the total caseload is 20,07,199.
A total of 3,842 new tests — 2,482 RT-PCR and 1,360 Rapid Antigen — were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 4,05,95,680 while 1,319 vaccines were administered — 100 first doses, 126 second doses, and 1,093 precaution doses.
The total number of cumulative beneficiaries vaccinated so far stands at 3,73,56,959, according to the health bulletin.