Coronavirus update: Kolkata makes RT-PCR mandatory for passengers from nine countries

India reports 37,875 fresh infections, 369 new fatalities

By Jasleen Kaur - September 08, 2021 10:09 am

Coronavirus update: Passengers from countries such as the UK, Brazil, New Zealand, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Botswana, China, Bangladesh and South Africa will have to take RT-PCR test after landing at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. The step has been taken to check the spread of Covid 19.

The passengers will have to undergo RT-PCR test irrespective of whether they carry a Covid 19 negative report or have been fully vaccinated, Kolkata health department officials said.
The new restrictions have been imposed amid reports of new mutations of SARS-CoV-2 and the rising number of variants of concern and variants of interest globally. The international passengers from these nine countries would have to take RT-PCR test after landing at the Kolkata airport.

Fliers will have to pay for getting tested at the airport itself. For free testing, they will be sent to a government facility – Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute at Rajarhat.

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Meanwhile, as per the coronavirus update, India's cumulative Covid 19 tally rose to 33,096,718 with 37,875 fresh infections in the past 24 hours. The death toll mounted to 4,41,411 with 369 new fatalities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that in the coming days, India would see 1.25 crore Covid jabs per day. In the month of August, there were two days that saw over 1 crore corona vaccine doses being administered. On September 6, the CoWin data showed that over 1.13 crore people had been vaccinated in the country.

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