Covid-19: Gurugram hospitals on alert, tests to be ramped up


GURUGRAM: The district administration is stepping up surveillance on international travellers in the wake of the new “Omicron” variant of the coronavirus. Hospitals in the city, which get a number of patients from foreign countries, have been put on alert and asked to augment infrastructure.
In keeping with guidelines issued by the Centre, the authorities have ramped up testing of people arriving from foreign countries, especially those that are “at risk” from the new variant, such as the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

The health department has also sought the cooperation of travellers who have just arrived in the city. People returning from foreign countries have been asked to monitor their own health for at least two weeks from the date of their arrival. Those not fully vaccinated will have to undergo an RT-PCR test on the day they land. After being in quarantine for seven days, the person will have to undergo a second test.
“Every passenger has to self-monitor their health for 14 days after returning. Those who are not fully vaccinated will have to undergo two tests. People who have symptoms even after taking both doses of the Covid vaccine should also get themselves tested,” said Virender Yadav, the chief medical officer.
Covid testing will be intensified in all districts. Haryana has set a target of testing 40,500 people every day. “We have asked hospitals to be on high alert and ensure that all Covid protocols are followed,” said Yadav. International travellers are a concern for the administration all the more because a sizeable chunk of them are patients who come to the city for treatment. All hospitals have been asked to report such patients to the authorities immediately.
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