Risk countries and regions identified; mask mandate should stay, suggest experts, but no fines
Symptomatic persons should take the RT-PCR test at their own cost and take further action as per the result.
The guidelines also stated that two percent of the total flight passengers should undergo post-arrival testing randomly on arrival at the airport.
This is because of the government’s protocol of not discharging the patients until their genome sequencing tests are declared negative.
While the district administration has already identified 858 out of the 1,144 that returned from abroad, the whereabouts of 286 have not yet been ascertained.
In the wake of the Omicron threat, the Uttara Kannada district administration has made quarantine mandatory for people coming from those countries grappling with the pandemic.
The oncologist became the primary contact of Omicron-affected international traveller when the latter consulted him for cancer treatment on December 16.
The 60-year-old patient had not been tested in the random two per cent testing surveillance at the RGIA after he landed.
While some of the 62 travellers could not be located at the addresses provided by them, others reportedly informed the authorities that they are yet to reach Prakasam.
Health officials rue travellers from ‘not at risk’ countries are allowed to leave airport before test results are received
The major concern is that six out of the eight Omicron positive cases are from countries not categorised as at-risk countries by Telangana's Director of Public Health.
Amid Omicron threat, Koraput district administration and Health department is closely monitoring foreign returnees from at-risk countries.
The Health officials had received the test results from the labs late on Tuesday, and immediately tried to reach the two patients, only to find the contact and addresses incorrect.
Currently, there are 19 active cases of international passengers in Tamil Nadu, including one traveller from Bengaluru.
At the time of discharge, the patient should be advised home quarantine and self-monitoring of health for seven days.