Kerala issues fresh norms for int’l air passengers

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 5: The Health Department of Kerala on Saturday issued revised guidelines for international air passengers arriving in Kerala.
As per the new norms, all international passengers, irrespective of their duration of stay in Kerala, need to undergo self- symptom surveillance and if found symptomatic undertake an RT-PCR test.
“Random testing of two per cent of international travellers by flight irrespective of the country of departure to be done free of cost (state government to bear the cost) and the selection of the passengers is to be done by the airline officers,” the guidelines said.
The Minister said in order to mitigate the third wave of the pandemic, the State Health Department strengthened the eSanjeevani system, a portal, to deliver healthcare service to people on a tele-medicine platform.
The eSanjeevani has now more doctors, she said. “In the COVID OP which has been functioning round the clock, there will be 15 to 20 doctors during the day and four doctors at night. The normal waiting period is one minute and if it increases, more doctors will be added to the system,” the Minister said in the release. (PTI)

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