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Action on Omicron: Step up testing to spot new variant, says govt

The health ministry also asked states to make sure testing of international passengers is done on the first and the eighth day scrupulously

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Coronavirus | Coronavirus Tests | Delta variant of coronavirus

Ruchika Chitravanshi & Sohini Das  |  New Delhi/Mumbai 



A man helps his son wear a mask at a testing centre for Covid-19 in a bus station in Bengaluru. Karnataka is increasing tests at bus and railway stations for new Covid-19 variant Omicron. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)
A man helps his son wear a mask at a testing centre for Covid-19 in a bus station in Bengaluru. Karnataka is increasing tests at bus and railway stations for new Covid-19 variant Omicron. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)

In a day of fast-paced global developments related to the Omicron variant, government authorities in India held top-level meetings to prevent a health crisis. While it was revealed that Europe had Omicron cases before the variant was discovered in South Africa throwing markets and industry into a tizzy, India put up a brave face. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told Parliament that the country was ready to face any eventuality. Even so, the government stepped up preparations and Indian vaccine makers indicated they were at work to fight Omicron.

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First Published: Wed, December 01 2021. 02:26 IST

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