- The most dangerous is the South African strain.
- New guidelines on international travel.
- Mandatory RT-PCR tests 72 hours prior.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has so far reported four cases of South African strain and one case of the Brazilian variant. As many as 187 UK strain cases were reported. According to the latest guidelines .. RT-PCR exams 72 hours before departure are allowed only if there is a negative certificate. But, if someone in the family dies such people will be an exception. This was posted by the Union Ministry of Health on Twitter.
‘Appeal to passengers! All international travelers (except those on flights from the UK, Europe and Central Asia) should follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, India. Travelers coming to India via UK, Europe and Central Asia must undergo RT-PCR tests at their own cost.
South Africa has suspended flights directly from Brazil to India. If travelers from abroad are found to be positive, a special protocol must be followed to identify the strain.
According to ICMR Chief Dr Balaram Bhargav, the current vaccine has the potential to neutralize the UK variant, and experiments are underway to assess the effectiveness of the vaccine on the South African and Brazilian variants. “Experiments are underway to isolate the South African variant of the ICMR-National Institute of Virology (NIV) SARSCO-2. The Brazilian variant has already been isolated,” said Balaram Bhargav.