New Delhi: Amid mounting global concerns over new coronavirus strain’Omicron’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed the need to be proactive and directed officials to review plans for easing of international travel restrictions in light of the “emerging new evidence”.
Modi was briefed by top health officials about ‘Omicron’, described by WHO as a “variant of concern”, with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries.
Its implications for India were also discussed during the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.
A World Health Organisation panel has named the new COVID strain ‘omicron’ and classified it as a highly transmissible variant of concern, the same category that includes the delta variant.
During the meeting which lasted for about two hours, Prime Minister Modi spoke about the need to be proactive in light of the new variant and urged people to be more cautious and take proper precautions like masking up and maintaining social distance, the PMO said.
The Prime Minister highlighted the need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified ‘at risk’.
Modi’s directive to officials comes a day after the Civil Aviation Ministry announced the resumption of scheduled international flights to and from India from December 15 after 20 months of coronavirus-induced suspension.
India’s decision to resume scheduled international passenger flights has come at a time when various countries such as Britain, Germany, Singapore, Israel, France and Italy have restricted air travel from southern Africa where the cases of new coronavirus variant of serious health implications have been reported.
Telangana State Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundarajan on Sunday along with her family members had darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala.
Panchayati Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao has requested the people and the officials to be on the alert in view of the unseasonal rains in United Warangal district, Palakurthi constituency and other places in the State.
Telangana Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy paid rich floral tributes to S. Jaipal Reddy, former Union Minister, Best Parliamentarian Award on his 80th Birth Anniversary on Sunday in the city.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will hold a cabinet meeting on Monday in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
he famous club of the city – Secunderabad Club– witnessed a massive fire accident. The entire club gutted in the fire that spread in the early hours is Sunday. Ten fire tenders were rushed to the accident spot and brought the fire under control by toiling themselves up for three hours.