JAMMU, Nov 30: In view of the fresh worldwide alert because of new Covid-19 variant Omicron, the administration in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory today decided that all the international travelers arriving here shall be sent for one week quarantine and testing.
All the incoming foreign travelers shall be tested by RTPC on their arrival. Thereafter, the negative travelers will be sent for home quarantine for seven days and re-tested on the 8th day, while the Covid positive patients will be sent to institutional isolation centres for 15 days and their samples will also be sent for genome sequencing at ICMR designated testing laboratories.
Formal decision in this regard was conveyed during special meetings of officers, separately convened today by Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, to formulate the strategy for containment measures in both the divisions.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu directed the concerned officers to assess data from Air Suvidha Portal for early detection of incoming travelers from countries listed as at-risk. State Surveillance Officer was told to share the lists with CMOs and field surveillance units on real time basis. The CMOs were asked to paste stickers of `home quarantine’ on the gate of foreign travelers during the observation period of eight days.
DRDO Hospital Jammu and DRDO Hospital Khonmoh would be the designated facility for containment of positive cases having foreign travel history.