Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited the RT-PCR screening centre at the Ahmedabad international airport in Gujarat, where he engaged with passengers and officials, amid an increase in instances of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
For travellers arriving at airports from "at-risk" nations, India has ordered additional measures, including testing. At the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, a facility has also been established. For such passengers, the airport authorities have set up a facility with a waiting room for 220 passengers, 17 registration counters, and eight sampling booths, comprising 120 RT-PCR machines.
Mandaviya tweeted a video of him chatting with passengers and airport officials who were waiting for him. On Friday night, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare tweeted, "During my Gujarat tour, I took stock of the RT-PCR screening centre at the Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel International Airport and chatted with the passengers." 'At-risk' countries, according to the Union health ministry, include those in Europe with the United Kingdom, as well as South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Hong Kong, China, Ghana, Mauritius, New Zealand, and Israel. As of Friday, the state of Gujarat had 113 Omicron cases.