India to tighten COVID-19 testing for tourists amid new variant concerns

26/11/2021 9:23:00 AM

India to tighten COVID-19 testing for tourists amid new variant concerns

India to tighten COVID-19 testing for tourists amid new variant concerns

NEW DELHI: India issued an advisory to all states to rigorously test and screen international travellers from South Africa and other 'at risk' countries amid concerns over a new coronavirus v

, after easing some of its travel restrictions earlier this month.The federal health ministry said reports of mutations in the new variant, identified as B.1.1.529, had"serious public health implications"."This variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations, and thus, has serious public health implications for the country in view of recently relaxed visa restrictions and opening up of international travel," health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to states issued late on Thursday (Nov 25).

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UK raises alarm over new COVID-19 variant which could beat vaccinesLONDON: Britain on Thursday (Nov 25) said it was concerned by a newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa that might make vaccines less effective and imperil progress mad Not surprised. Expected and predicted. Oh well, covid is never isolated. What do you expect. Here we go again. When they move around without face mask and NOT PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING

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Singapore reports 2,079 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths; ICU utilisation rate rises slightlySINGAPORE: Singapore reported 2,079 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths from complications due to the coronavirus as of noon on Wednesday (Nov 24). The fatalities were aged between 60 and 83. All of them, except for an unvaccinated case, had various underlying medical conditions. The Ministry of Health

new coronavirus variant , after easing some of its travel restrictions earlier this month.Thank you for your feedback.newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa that might make vaccines less effective and imperil progress made across the world in fighting the pandemic.LinkedIn SYDNEY : Stocks fell and headed for their largest weekly drop in nearly two months on Friday, while safe haven assets such as bonds and the yen rallied as a new virus variant added to swirling concerns about future growth and higher U.

The federal health ministry said reports of mutations in the new variant, identified as B.1. Ad Bad und Schlafzimmer sind die Räume im Haus, die Ruhe ausstrahlen sollten.1.1.529, had"serious public health implications".S. "This variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations, and thus, has serious public health implications for the country in view of recently relaxed visa restrictions and opening up of international travel," health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to states issued late on Thursday (Nov 25).S.

On Friday, the UK Health Security Agency said the new variant has a spike protein that was dramatically different to the one in the original coronavirus that COVID-19 vaccines are based on. Bucking critics in his own Democratic party, Biden said the Republican appointee's independence made him the best choice to lead the U. It was only first identified at the start of the week but Britain rushed to introduce travel restrictions on South Africa and five neighbouring countries, acting much more swiftly than with previous variants. And it could make existing vaccines less effective. Britain has banned flights from six African countries, and asked returning British travellers from those destinations to quarantine. central bank with Lael Brainard, who had also been under consideration for the top job, as vice chair. Related: Singapore to restrict travel from 7 African countries as new COVID-19 variant emerges India, the world's second-worst affected country by COVID-19, posted the smallest rise in new cases in one-and-a-half years this week, due to rising vaccinations and antibodies in a large section of its population from previous infections." Britain announced it was temporarily banning flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini from 1200 GMT on Friday and returning British travellers from those destinations would have to quarantine. The country's total cases of the coronavirus reached 34. 2 days ago Resumption of India's COVAX vaccine supply delayed by Nepal - sources The resumption of India supplying COVID-19 vaccines to the global COVAX vaccine-sharing platform after eight months was delayed on Monday when Nepal requested a postponement, two sources told Reuters..

56 million on Friday. India's daily caseload has halved since September and the country reported 10,549 new cases on Friday. 29, said one of the sources, a Nepal health ministry official. Related: EU proposes booster jabs for 2022 travel, opens to WHO COVID-19 vaccines Earlier on Thursday, South African scientists said they had detected the new COVID-19 variant in small numbers and were working to understand its potential implications. Earlier this month, India identified 10 countries"at risk" that include Europe, Britain, China, South Africa, and New Zealand, among others. It has opened its borders to 99 countries overall. 2 days ago India logs slimmest rise in COVID-19 cases in 543 days despite festivals India reported 7,579 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the smallest rise in one-and-a-half-years despite huge festival gatherings in recent weeks, thanks to rising vaccinations and antibodies from prior infections. Indian shares tumbled more than 2 per cent on Friday, as investors fled risky assets panicking over the impact of the new variant.1.7per cent in early trade and Australian shares fell 0.

The losses were in line with steep falls seen in markets across Asia.35 billion celebrated Durga Puja in October and Diwali this month, during which millions of people shopped, travelled and met family, mostly without masks. .