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Random Covid tests for foreign travellers start at Delhi airport

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Passengers arriving on international flights to Delhi after 10 AM today will have to undergo a 2% random sampling test for Covid-19. The sampling is being undertaken based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has updated its travel guidelines for International Arrivals after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released an advisory amid global fears regarding the spread of Covid.
Fliers taking the Covid-19 test will be identified via their respective airlines. The passengers who undergo the test will be allowed to leave the facility once they provide their test samples, the airport’s website said.

Positive test samples will be segregated and sent for genome testing and those positive will then be treated as per protocol.
The guidelines exempt children under 12 years of age. However, if a child is symptomatic for coronavirus on arrival or during the self-monitoring period, he shall undergo testing and treatment as per the protocols.

The government has also decided that travellers from nations with heavy caseloads of Covid-19 would need to upload their RT-PCR test results to the Air Suvidha portal, starting next week onwards, the union health minister announced on Friday.

Meanwhile, India reported 201 new coronavirus infections while the total number of active cases have gone up to 3,397, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.
The daily positivity was recorded at 0.15 per cent and the weekly positivity at 0.14 per cent.