Omicron Variant: The Government of India is constantly monitoring the situation since the new mutation of the corona virus came to the fore, Omicron. On Sunday, the Home Secretary held a high-level review meeting. In this meeting, countries where cases are increasing or cases of infection of new mutations have come to the fore. By the way, it has been decided to increase genomic surveillance of passengers coming from risk countries. Along with this, states and union territories have been advised to keep a strict vigil at airports and seaports.
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Corona’s new mutation B.1.1529 which WHO named Omicron and placed in the category of Variant of Concern. This mutation has raised the concern of not only India but the world. This is the reason that in the last two days, two important meetings have been held on this new variant of Corona. On Saturday, Prime Minister Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the current situation and India’s preparedness in the context of Public Healthcare Major and today the Home Secretary held the meeting.
review on the global situation
On Sunday, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Home Secretary, in which a comprehensive review of the global situation was conducted in the wake of the Omicron virus. The meeting was attended by Dr. VK Paul, Health Member, NITI Aayog, Dr. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister, and senior officials from the Ministries of Health, Civil Aviation and other domains including experts. Various measures and those to be strengthened were discussed in the meeting.
- It also discussed the review and update of Standard Operating Procedures on testing and surveillance of international travelers arriving from overseas, particularly for countries identified in the ‘at risk’ category.
- It was agreed to further intensify genomic surveillance for variants through the INSACOG network, especially with a focus on sampling and whole genome sequencing of international travelers from countries where cases of oomicron variants have been reported.
- The Airport Health Officer (APHO) and Port Health Officer (PHO) have been directed to strictly supervise the testing protocol at airports/ports.
- The decision will be reviewed on the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger service as per the current global situation.
- As per the MoHFW guidelines, the contacts of these international passengers are also to be closely tracked and tested.
- It is mandatory that all international passengers traveling from at risk category countries and traveling in transit who are arriving in India, follow strict guidelines as indicated in the Revised Guidelines for International Arrivals issued by the Ministry of Health. Subject to track and test.
- The emerging epidemic situation within the country will be closely monitored.
It has been written by the Union Health Secretary on November 25 and 27, advising the States/UTs about testing, surveillance, monitoring of hotspots, augmentation of health infrastructure, genome sequencing and increasing public awareness.
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