India recorded 196 additional cases, bringing the total number of current cases to 3,428. The total number of covid cases was 4.46 crore. Kerala has acknowledged two fatalities, bringing the death toll to 5,30,695.
Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister, said that an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 detection will be made mandatory for international passengers arriving from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. Health Minister M.A. Subramanian declared that travelers returning to Tamil Nadu from China and South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand as well as transit flights (from Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and other locations), will be subjected to RT-PCR testing.
“We are working on alert mode to control the spread of COVID-19 and are conducting environmental Sewage and Human Surveillance views. RNA was found in the Sewage samples in Delhi and Mumbai” - Mansukh Mandaviya
Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya has planned to undertake simulated operations on December 27, 2022, at all health centers around the country. This is to assure the availability of oxygen support and ICU beds, among other preparatory steps, in the event of an increase in COVID cases in India.
Similarly, airports have begun to do RT-PCR tests. The Jaipur International Airport officials have begun doing RT-PCR tests for foreign visitors. COVID-19 symptoms are being tested for two percent of all travelers arriving in Jaipur via foreign flights from overseas. The testing will be free and there will be no cost. Apart from that, the traveler should be fully vaccinated.
The Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya has advised people to use masks in crowded places, particularly during the holiday season.