Punjab COVID 19: International travelers to be tested by RAT on arrival at airport

Punjab Health Minister, Balbir Singh Sidhu said that International travelers, who do not submit a negative COVID-19 test report on arrival at Airport in India, will be tested by Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) kits for the infection.

If Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) comes negative for COVID-19, then the person may opt for home quarantine.

After the RAT test, these people will get tested for COVID-19 on the fifth day of arrival by RT-PCR as per protocol at their respective districts. After the report, if they test negative, their home quarantine will end.

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“They will self-monitor their health for next 7 days and report if any symptoms develop. If RT-PCR for COVID -19 is found to be positive, they shall be assessed clinically and follow the Punjab COVID-19 management protocol,” said Sidhu.

He added that if RAT comes positive for COVID-19, the person may opt for home isolation/government isolation facility or private facility on payment basis and will be treated as per COVID-19 management protocol.

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He also said that the person opting for home isolation will submit a consent form stating that he has a facility for home isolation at his residence and he is asymptomatic/mild-symptomatic and not have any morbidity or the comorbid condition is under control.

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As per the guidelines, Sidhu said that all international travelers arriving in Punjab through Air/Road travel will submit self-declaration with personal and health details at www.newdelhiairport.in and hand over a copy of the same to State officers.

He said that travelers would also be screened as per the health protocol at the port of entry.

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The Minister clarified that the travelers will follow all precautionary measures issued by the Government of Punjab for prevention of COVID-19 spread such as hand hygiene, wearing mask, and maintain social distancing etc.

-PTC News