Kolkata, Sep 7: The West Bengal authorities on Tuesday made it necessary for worldwide passengers from seven extra international locations together with Bangladesh, China and South Africa to bear RT-PCR exams on arrival within the state even when they’re totally vaccinated, a senior official stated.
The 4 different such international locations are New Zealand, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The apply would begin from Wednesday, the official stated.
The choice was taken at a gathering between senior officers of the well being division and specialists from numerous associated fields, the official added.
The rule is already in place for passengers from the UK and Brazil.
“Worldwide passengers coming from the seven international locations must bear RT-PCR check for Covid on arrival right here, regardless of their detrimental check report earlier than boarding and even they’ve accomplished vaccination.
“We’re following the directive of the ministry of well being and household welfare… what’s already being executed with passengers from or transiting by way of the UK or Brazil,” an official stated.
As per the choice, the testing can be a paid service on the Netaji Subhas Chandra Worldwide Airport in Kolkata. If any passenger needs a free service, she or he can be despatched to Chittaranjan Nationwide Most cancers Institute within the metropolis, he added.
Nevertheless, it isn’t clear the place the travellers from these international locations would keep until the outcomes of the RT-PCR exams are obtained.
In the meantime, seven individuals succumbed to Covid-19 in West Bengal taking the loss of life toll to 18,522, the well being bulletin stated.
Two deaths every have been registered in North 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Nadia districts whereas one fatality was reported from South 24 Parganas district.
The bulletin stated 601 new instances have been reported from throughout the state taking the tally to 15,53,177.
Within the final 24 hours, 687 sufferers recovered from the illness within the state taking the entire variety of cured folks to 15,26,268. The discharge price improved barely to 98.27 per cent.
The variety of energetic instances now could be 8,387.
Since Monday, 35,882 samples have been examined for coronavirus taking the entire variety of such medical examinations to 1,72,72,409, the bulletin stated.
On Tuesday, 5,25,409 vaccine doses have been administered in West Bengal and the variety of folks getting the vaccine has reached 4,46,52,376, a well being division official stated.
Story first revealed: Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 23:37 [IST]