The next 40 days are important as the cases of Covid-19 in India can increase rapidly in January.
Official sources said this on Wednesday citing the previous method of spread of the pandemic.
An official said, “In the past, it was found that a new wave of the pandemic hit India 30-35 days after East Asia was hit by Covid-19. This has been a trend.”
Sources in the Health Ministry, however, said that the seriousness of the infection is less. Even if there is a new wave of Covid, the rate of deaths and hospitalization of infected people will be very less.
Sources said that in the last two days, 6,000 international passengers who came to India were tested for Covid-19, of which 39 reports have come ‘positive’.
He told that Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will visit Delhi airport to take stock of the Covid-19 testing facilities there.
The government has made ‘random’ Covid testing mandatory for two per cent of passengers arriving on every international flight from Saturday.
Sources said that from next week, filling of ‘air suvidha’ form and RT-PCR test 72 hours in advance may be made mandatory for passengers coming from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore.
With the cases of Covid-19 increasing rapidly in some countries including China and South Korea, the government has asked people to be vigilant and asked the states and union territories to prepare to deal with any unforeseen situation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya have held meetings to take stock of the preparedness to deal with the spurt in Covid cases.
A ‘mock drill’ was conducted in hospitals across the country on Tuesday to take stock of the preparations to deal with any situation of rapid increase in the cases of Covid-19.
At the same time, Mandaviya said that in view of increasing cases of Covid in the world, the country is being cautious and is ready to deal with it.
There has been a recent increase in cases from BF.7, a subtype of corona virus called Omicron.
Official sources said that the rate of spread of BF.7 is very high and one infected person can infect 16 people.