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Travellers testing negative for Covid will be taken to a quarantine facility for seven days, followed by seven days of home quarantine, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
According to SOPs issued by Health Ministry on Saturday, passengers arriving from UK will also have to bring a Covid negative report from a test done 72 hours prior to the journey.
Researchers from AIIMS, IISER cite examples of South Korea and Taiwan to establish the importance of increased testing over lockdowns that cripple the economy.
Officials say there is a 3-4 day pendency in RT-PCR test results from government labs, while labs complain per day samples have increased in the latest surge and is stretching their capacity.
The effectiveness of thermal scanners are also under question, considering that at least 80 per cent of coronavirus patients in India are asymptomatic.
Analysis by ThePrint reveals that 88% of tests conducted in Bihar are rapid antigen, while this figure is 63% for Kerala and 60% for Uttar Pradesh.
The SC bench said to 'prepare for the worst' in December as it noted that Covid situation has worsened in Delhi and gone out of control in Gujarat.
Serious Covid-19 illness is on the rise in the US and cases are still being undercounted.
In Delhi, the govt is conducting random rapid antigen tests in crowded markets. The decision was taken after residents were seen stepping out in large numbers before Diwali.
The number of Covid tests in Pune steadily dropped from 41,996 in the 11-17 September week to just 13,536 in the 6-12 November week, just ahead of Diwali.