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Govt not in panic mode but stepping up vigil over COVID

India will start randomly testing 2 percent of all international passengers arriving at its airports for COVID-19 and its variants.

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The Government of India has not pushed the panic button but clearly efforts are under way to step up vigil at airports besides taking measures on the ground against a backdrop of a surge in COVID cases in some countries, notably China.

“Covid is not over yet. I have directed all concerned to be alert and strengthen surveillance. We are prepared to manage any situation”, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet after a high level meeting of officials in New Delhi. A second meeting is scheduled for next week it is said.

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