All passengers coming from the UK between January Eight and January 30 could be subjected to self-paid COVID-19 exams on arrival, the well being ministry stated in a normal working process (SOP) issued on Saturday. Furthermore, every passenger arriving from the UK must convey his or her COVID-19 damaging report from a take a look at performed 72 hours previous to the journey, the SOP acknowledged.
India had suspended all flights to and from the UK from December 23 to 31 to test the unfold of the mutated, extra contagious variant of coronavirus discovered there. Later, the suspension was prolonged until January 7.
Solely 30 flights per week will function between India and the UK when companies resume from January Eight and this association will proceed until January 23, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had stated on Friday.
“Airways to make sure the supply of damaging take a look at report earlier than permitting the passenger to board the flight,” the well being ministry’s SOP acknowledged.
It stated satisfactory preparations must be made for the passengers who shall be ready for his or her RT-PCR take a look at or its outcomes on the airport.
“Passengers testing constructive shall be remoted in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the respective state well being authorities,” the SOP stated.
If the genomic sequencing signifies the presence of the brand new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the affected person will proceed to stay in a separate isolation unit, it stated.
The affected person shall be examined on the 14th day after having examined constructive and she or he shall be stored within the isolation facility until his or her pattern has examined damaging, it added.
If a passenger exams COVID-positive on arrival, passengers seated in the identical row, three rows in entrance and three rows behind would even be subjected to institutional quarantine in separate quarantine facilities, the SOP stated.
The passengers who’re discovered COVID-negative after the exams performed on the airport could be suggested dwelling quarantine for 14 days and the involved state or district administration ought to frequently comply with up with them, it stated.
“The states/UTs (union territories) authorities involved are requested to arrange assist desks at airports involved to facilitate the implementation of the SOP,” it added.
The presence of the brand new UK variant of the virus has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.
Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 as a result of pandemic.
Nonetheless, airways have been permitted to function particular worldwide flights below the Vande Bharat Mission since Could this 12 months and below the bilateral air bubble pacts since July.
India has shaped air bubble pacts with 24 nations, together with the UK.
(With PTI inputs)