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India has begun random testing of international passengers arriving at its airports for COVID-19.
The country's health minister said, citing an increase in cases in neighboring China, Associated reports. Press.
Mansooh Mandavia announced the new rule in Parliament, where he also urged Indian state governments to step up surveillance on any new coronavirus variants and send samples of all positive cases to the genome sequencing laboratory.
The Minister also urged the public to wear masks and maintain social distancing, although there are no official guidelines for this.
According to the Ministry of Health, there are currently about 3,400 active cases of coronavirus in India.Manda Wiya said that the Indian government has no plans yet to stop flights from countries where new cases have been reported.
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