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7-day home quarantine mandatory for all international arrivals

New Delhi, January 7

Amid a surge in the COVID-19 cases, the Central government on Friday announced a seven-day mandatory home quarantine for all international arrivals in the country.

All the international arrivals in the country will have to observe a seven-day mandatory home quarantine with effect from January 11 till further orders.

 As per the order issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday, travelers from specified countries at risk will at first, submit a sample for the post-arrival COVID-19 test at the point of arrival (self-paid).

 Such travelers will be required to wait for their test results at the arrival airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight.

“If tested negative they will follow, home quarantine for seven days and shall undertake RT-PCR test on the eighth day of arrival in India. Travelers shall also be required to upload results of repeat RT-PCR test for COVID-19 done on the eighth day on Air Suvidha portal. If negative, they will further self-monitor their health for next seven days.

However, if such travelers are re tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network,” read the order copy.

“They shall be managed at isolation facility and treated as per laid down standard protocol including contact tracing mentioned. The contacts of such positive case should be kept under home quarantine monitored strictly by the concerned State Government as per laid down protocol,” it added.

Travelers from countries excluding those from at-risk countries will follow the ministry’s guidelines as well. At first, a sub-section (two per cent of the total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival. These two per cent of such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries). Further, laboratories shall prioritize testing of samples from such travellers.