Amid a heightened level of concern over the superspreader variant, the Centre on Tuesday advised states and UTs to ramp up testing, asserting that the Omicron can't hide.
Existing COVID tests – the RT-PCR and RAT -- can pick up traces of the Omicron strain, the government said on Tuesday, as Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told Parliament the new variant had not yet been detected in India. He further asserted that the government has taken steps to ensure that it does not reach the country.
The strict norms for international passengers arriving in the country, especially from 'at-risk' countries, came into effect from midnight as part of the government's efforts to keep the variant at bay.
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