Vishakhapatnam: Was India’s response to the news of detection of Omicron variant of coronavirus delayed? The number of international returnees allowed to leave airports without an RT-PCR test seems to suggest so.
As many as 30 out of 60 individuals who had returned from abroad to Andhra Pradesh are not traceable, even as the authorities are looking for them to conduct the RT-PCR test on them.
While 30 of the 60 travellers were found staying in Vishakhapatnam, the remaining cannot be contacted.
Some of them are said to be not responding to calls either.
Three of the 30 came from Botswana and South Africa. All the passengers have arrived in the state within last 10 days.
A week after Omicron variant of coronavirus was detected in South Africa, guidelines for travel to and from India were revised.
As per the revised guidelines to mandate a negative RT-PCR within the window of 72 hours before departure and immediately upon arrival in India.
The revised guidelines came into effect on December 1.
A scene similar to that of Andhra Pradesh was reported from Karnataka.
According to reports, 10 individuals with history of travel to Africa have gone untraceable. Their phones are reportedly switched off.
The first two cases of Omicron variant were reported in Karnataka on Thursday.
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