How TN gearing up to prevent Omicron

Chennai: In view of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, Tamilnadu government is taking precautionary measures across the State.

Health Minister M Subramanian said it has been decided to bring in eight-day quarantine for travellers from South Africa and monitor them.

‘Certain restrictions are in place at the Chennai international airport. Travellers from South Africa, China, Botswana, Hong Kong, Brazil and Italy will be tested here. They will be isolated in case of symptoms,’ he added.

Tamilnadu has intensified precautionary measures at all four international airports in the State in the wake of the detection of the new Covid-19 virus variant ‘Omicron’ in South Africa.

The government said that there will be a mandatory screening of passengers arriving by air from abroad. They will be isolated if they report any symptoms.

Health department officials have been appointed at the four international airports in the State to personally monitor the situation. These officials would be stationed in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirapalli airports.

Four health department officials were appointed today and they would be present in these airports to monitor the screening measures, the Minister said. Subramanian, along with health department principal secretary J Radhakrishnan and senior officials, inspected the screening procedures at the airport.


NT Bureau