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Kerala revises guidelines for international travellers, no quarantine for overseas travellers without symptoms

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All international travellers coming to Kerala will be required to undergo symptom surveillance, said the state government in its modified guidelines on Saturday.

If a traveller is found symptomatic, they will have to undertake an RT-PCR test and their samples will be sent for genome sequencing if found positive, said the guidelines.

Further, it said that random testing of two per cent of the incoming international passengers will continue, whose cost will be borne by the state and the selection of the passengers will be done by the airline officers.

The guidelines state that home quarantine is now ‚Äúadvisable” for all incoming passengers. ‚ÄúThey must continue to self monitor for seven days from the arrival date and, if symptoms develop, must undergo Covid testing.”

The passengers have been asked to avoid congregations and closed space gatherings. In addition to this, they will also have to take a rapid antigen test on the eighth day of the arrival.

The sample of all international travellers who are tested positive shall be sent for Whole Genomic Sequencing. The treatment of Covid positive travellers to be done as per the existing guidelines.

The State government has advised Covid testing using Rapid Antigen Test on the 8th day of the arrival for the safety of the traveller.

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