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Thiruvananthapuram: International passengers from high-risk nations, which have reported cases of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, will have to undergo 14 days quarantine when they reach the state, Health Minister Veena George said on Monday.
Veena George said five per cent of passengers coming from other countries including Gulf countries will be tested randomly as per the directions issued by the union government.
"They should be under self-monitoring," she added.
The minister said those passengers found positive will be shifted to a treatment centre, set up by the state government on the directions of the union government.
"The passengers from the high-risk nations should undergo home quarantine for seven days. On the eighth day they should test again. If they are found negative, they need to remain under quarantine for seven more days," she told the media.
The minister said those found positive would be shifted the treatment centre and separate wards would be set up for them on the union government's direction.
"We have been regularly conducting genomic surveillance. We are testing whether there is any new variant in the state. As of now, we have not found one. If anyone coming from the high risk countries are found positive, their samples will be sent for genomic surveillance," she said.
The minister said details of the passengers arriving will be collected from the airport and handed over to the departments concerned to ensure home quarantine and contact tracing.
The health workers will be deployed at all the four airports in the state in order to collect samples and conduct testing of people coming from foreign countries, she added.
The minister said, "As per guidelines of Government of India, we discussed the steps we've taken so far and what steps are to be taken. Our health workers will be there at all four airports, data will be collected and we'll share this with the Police Department and others."
"All those who are travelling from at-risk countries have to be in quarantine for 7 days. They have to do RT-PCR test again on the 8th day and if they're negative they still have to observe further isolation of 7 days. So, they've to be in quarantine for 14 days," she added.
We have analysed all this and informed all our DMOs, DPMs etc. We have communicated with the districts, the minister said.