Indian variant threat prompts new measures


THE government is ramping up measures to thwart the Indian variant of the coronavirus that is believed to be killing tens of thousands daily during the current surge in Covid-19 cases in the South Asian country, according to presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

Under new guidelines issued by the government, all Filipino and foreign travellers arriving in the country starting Friday will be required to spend the first 10 days of a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government accredited facility.

They will be swabbed twice on the seventh day to provide samples for genome sequencing to identify the variant in those found positive for SARS-CoV-2. Those found positive will be taken to hospital.

The remaining four days of quarantine of those found negative may be completed at home or a hotel in the traveller’s final destination, according to quarantine rules issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The Department of Transportation was directed to ensure the results of the swab tests would be released on the ninth day of quarantine. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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