As Gujarat sees a slight increase in Covid-19 cases — as many as 45 new cases were reported on Wednesday — and the death of a fully-vaccinated 61-year-old woman in Anand, the state implemented revised SOP at airports in response to concerns about the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron.
Ahmedabad chief district health officer Dr Satish Parmar stated that 77 passengers out of 1,300 international arrivals were made to undergo RT-PCR tests on further arrival at Ahmedabad international airport.
“55 of them were arrivals from high-risk countries, and 22 others were subjected to RT-PCR tests at random, as the MOHFW guideline requires that 2% of other passengers be tested at random.” They were all negative. The majority of the visitors came from the Middle East. They must self-quarantine for seven days before being tested by our district surveillance teams on the eighth day, after which they must self-quarantine for seven more days if negative.”
According to Dr. Parmar, two teams from the Ahmedabad district’s health team are working at the Ahmedabad international airport in two shifts.
On Wednesday, Ahmedabad reported 11 new cases of Covid-19.
In Vadodara, 95 people were quarantined after arriving at any of the Gujarat airports from any of the ‘at-risk’ countries and then travelling to the district. According to the VMC health department, none of them have tested positive so far.
Meanwhile, a Covid-19 patient died in Anand district on Wednesday, the first death in the district since mid-June. The patient, a 61-year-old female, tested positive for Covid19 on November 13, and his condition deteriorated while being treated at an Anand hospital.
According to district health department officials, the patient had diabetes and a serious liver ailment.
“The patient had been on ventilator support for the majority of her hospital stay since November 13.” She died on Tuesday night, according to an official.
Anand district has reported 5 cases out of a total of 9,645 positive cases.
So far, there have been 0 Covid-19 deaths. There are currently three active cases of Covid-19 in the district, one of which is on ventilator support at Shree Krishna Hospital.