Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened an emergency meeting to discuss how to prepare for a new form of coronavirus, Omicron. In a meeting on Saturday morning, the prime minister said the new type of corona had raised concerns. So there is a need for new thinking about international flights. For that, it is necessary to impose restrictions on coming and going in risky countries.
Narendra Modi said special covid tests should also be emphasized at airports. Other than that, you have to be careful in following the Kovid protocol properly.
A new type of corona has been found, mainly in South Africa. Infections have also been reported in Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong. After Delta and Delta Plus, this new type is B1.1.529, named by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Omicron. The WHO has already warned everyone that this is a matter of grave concern.
Omicron has not yet been found in India. Despite this, the Prime Minister is not willing to take any risk. During the meeting on Saturday, Narendra Modi directed the Cabinet Secretary, Health Secretary, the head of the Covid Task Force and the Covid expert members of the policy commission to remain vigilant and said that all necessary steps should be taken.
The Union Health Secretary has written to all the state governments in this regard. It says that in countries where Omicron has been found, it is important to keep a close eye on everyone who comes from there. Any kind of delay can become fatal.
A new strain of coronavirus has spread rapidly in South Africa. Ninety percent of those who have recently been infected in that country are infected with Omicron.
Most of them are school and college students. This information is of more concern. This is because India has not yet started vaccinating people under the age of 18. Apart from that, the government does not have any special information about Omicron. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. This is why the government is so worried.
Special screening of passengers from South Africa, Hong Kong, Botswana and Israel is being arranged at all international airports in India. Several countries, including the United Kingdom, Singapore and Israel, have suspended air services with Omicron-spreading countries. On Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on the Prime Minister and asked him to suspend flights to countries where Omicron was spread.