Covid-19 4th Wave Fear: Karnataka Issues New Guidelines For Passengers Arriving From Japan And Thailand

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Amid the fear of Covid-19 the 4th wave and surge in cases, the Karnataka government directed officials on Saturday to commence monitoring procedures for passengers arriving from Japan and Thailand.

These new measures include RT-PCR tests at the airport testing laboratory for symptomatic cases.

According to the recommendations of the State COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), screening, surveillance, and telemonitoring for several international arrivals have been required.

New Guidelines For Passengers From Japan And Thailand

According to a govt. circular, international passengers arriving from Japan and Thailand at the Bengaluru International Airport and Mangaluru International Airport must have to undergo thermal screening upon arrival.

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For symptomatic individuals, RT-PCR testing should be performed at the airport testing laboratory, and samples proven positive should be sent for genome sequencing.

Bengaluru Airport Covid-19 Testing
Bengaluru Airport Covid-19 Testing Laboratory

Further treatment and management of Covid-19 patients are to be followed as per the state government protocol. The circular also added that telemonitoring of the international passengers (from Japan and Thailand) should be done at their respective districts for 14 days through the call centre.

If the person develops symptoms during the follow-up period, the district teams should test, treat, and manage the case according to the procedure, and positive samples should be sent for genome sequencing.

Extra surveillance may be required in light of the recent surge of Covid-19 cases in China, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand, Russia, and South Korea, it noted that out of the eight nations, direct flight services to Bengaluru are only available from Japan and Thailand.

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As a result, it has been directed to implement the following surveillance procedures for people arriving from Japan and Thailand.


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