Covid variant worry: PM Modi seeks review of plan to ease international travel curbs

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said there is a need to be proactive in the light of the new SARS-CoV-2 “variant of concern” Omicron and directed officials to review plans for easing of international travel restrictions in the wake of reports related to the new mutations of the virus.
Modi chaired a comprehensive meeting to review the situation relating to Covid-19 and vaccination on Saturday, immediately after the World Health Organisation designated the new variant as “VOC” late on Friday.
Highlighting the need to monitor international arrivals, the PM said travellers must be tested as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified “at risk”. He also asked officials to increase coverage of the second dose of the vaccine and sensitise states on the need to ensure that all those who have got the first dose are given the second dose on time.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said there is a need to be proactive in the light of the new SARS-CoV-2 “variant of concern” Omicron and directed officials to review plans for easing of international travel restrictions in the wake of reports related to the new mutations of the virus.
Modi chaired a comprehensive meeting to review the situation relating to Covid-19 and vaccination on Saturday, immediately after the World Health Organisation designated the new variant as “VOC” late on Friday.
Highlighting the need to monitor international arrivals, the PM said travellers must be tested as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified “at risk”. He also asked officials to increase coverage of the second dose of the vaccine and sensitise states on the need to ensure that all those who have got the first dose are given the second dose on time.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said there is a need to be proactive in the light of the new SARS-CoV-2 “variant of concern” Omicron and directed officials to review plans for easing of international travel restrictions in the wake of reports related to the new mutations of the virus.
Modi chaired a comprehensive meeting to review the situation relating to Covid-19 and vaccination on Saturday, immediately after the World Health Organisation designated the new variant as “VOC” late on Friday.
Highlighting the need to monitor international arrivals, the PM said travellers must be tested as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified “at risk”. He also asked officials to increase coverage of the second dose of the vaccine and sensitise states on the need to ensure that all those who have got the first dose are given the second dose on time.

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