Bhubaneswar: In a view of the new strain of Corona Virus emerging in the United Kingdom (UK), the Odisha Government has directed the authorities to take precautionary measures in this regard.
ACS Health & Family Welfare, PK Mohapatra has sent letters to Commissioner Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Director Capital Hospital, Collector, Jharsuguda, CDM & PHO, Jharsuguda and Director AAI, Bhubaneswar and Jharsuguda in this regard.
At a time, when the number of COVID-19 Positive Cases is declining steadily in the State, any interjection of a SARS-CoV-2 variant virus through the passengers with Air Travel history may pose critical risks for management of the Pandemic in the State, pointed out ACS Health & family Welfare.
In view of the emerging situation, passengers with travel history of UK and transiting through the airports of UK and transiting through the airports in UK within last 14 days of arrival at the airport, shall be required to fill up the Self Declaration Form.
They will be advised to remain in mandatory 14 days Home quarantine with Self Monitoring and Periodic Monitoring by the Rapid Response Team.
If any person is found symptomatic within quarantine period, RTPCR Test will be conducted.
If he/she is tested Positive, he/she will be isolated in an Institutional Isolation Facility and advised treatment as per the Protocol.
If the person is tested negative, he/she will be advised to complete the 14 days Home Quarantine Period.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with mandatory screening of the persons with Travel History of UK and necessary follow up action for prevention of the spread of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2.
Officials say that this virus can spread quickly and this property is highly contagious and there is need to take utmost precautionary measures.
Precautionary measures should be taken to contain spread of mutated variant of Corona Virus, officials say.
Flight services from UK to India have been suspended till 31 December 31 as a precautionary measure of overspread of a new strain of corona virus in London and England.
On 20 December, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed the public that a new variant of the Covid-19 virus has been found in UK.
Mr. Johnson tweeted, “Given the early evidence we have on this new variant of the virus, and the potential risk it poses, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you we cannot continue with Christmas as planned.”