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Top 10 Omicron updates: Centre to hold meeting with states to review travel rules at airports

Here are the latest updates about the new coronavirus variant from Thursday:

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya will meet state and Union Territory officials today to review stricter Covid testing norms and surveillance measures at airports in India as the discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has caused considerable panic across the globe, ANI reported. The new guidelines for international travellers came into effect on Wednesday and passengers from countries deemed as “at-risk” had to brace for massive queues and long waiting time for test results. Passengers also raised concerns about lack of physical distancing and chances of missing their connecting flights due to the chaos.A fresh tussle has erupted between the Centre and the Maharashtra government because of the state’s travel guidelines order. The state has made Covid testing and quarantine mandatory for all passengers arriving at the Mumbai airport, irrespective of whether they arrived from “at-risk” countries. Maharashtra Chief Secretary Debashish Chakraborty said the state will not amend or revise the rules even as Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged the government to align the order with the Centre’s Standard Operating Procedure, The Indian Express reported.According to the Centre’s guidelines, passengers coming from “at-risk” countries will be tested for Covid on arrival and they cannot leave the airport till their RT-PCR…

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