Mansukh Mandaviya, India’s minister of health and family welfare, said on December 24, 2022, that visitors entering India from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea will need to bring their RT-PCR test results.
Details about For travellers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea, a negative RT-PCR report is required
For these travellers, completing the Air Suvidha documents to declare their COVID-19 status will also become necessary. The Minister stated that those who are discovered to have symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in India will be placed under quarantine.
Starting on Saturday morning, 2% of passengers on every international aircraft will undergo random testing.
In order to ensure operational readiness for the handling of COVID-19, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has also written to States and Union Territories requesting that practice exercises be held at all medical facilities across the nation on December 27.
The drill will be focused on ensuring enough bed capacities, including ventilator- and oxygen-supported isolation beds, as well as the availability of medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, and paramedics as well as AYUSH, ASHA, and Anganwadi workers. In addition, it will be necessary to ensure the availability of critical medical supplies such as oxygen concentrators, cylinders, PSA plants, liquid medical oxygen storage tanks, and medical gas pipeline systems as well as ventilators, bilevel positive airway pressure machines, or BIPAPs, SPO2 kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, and N-95 masks.
Officers from the State’s health department will be present to oversee the mock drill, along with District Collectors or Magistrates. The District Surveillance Officer, in collaboration with the Chief Medical Health Officers, must upload the facility-specific data for all districts.
Manohar Agnani, the Additional Secretary for the Health Ministry, wrote a separate letter to the States and UTs about medical oxygen in which he urged them to reactivate oxygen control rooms and enroll health facilities that use oxygen in the Oxygen Demand Aggregation System so that daily oxygen demand and consumption could be monitored.