Union Health Ministry ends mandatory COVID-19 testing,14-day quarantine of all health workers
The health ministry issued a circular on May 15, which has done away with the mandatory quarantine period and testing of health workers on COVID-19 duty. Karnataka, Delhi govts follow suit.In the health ministry order, the government has stated that a nodal officer (infection control officer) has to be appointed. This officer is responsible to address the infection amongst health care workers.
All health care workers are required to report every exposure to the nodal officer who will decide if it is a high-risk exposure or not. Only if it is a high-risk exposure, then will the health worker be quarantined or tested as per ICMR guidelines. If the officer classifies it as a low-risk, then the health care worker is expected to continue to work.
Given that domestic flight operations may resume soon, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Friday said it was mandatory for all passengers to follow certain directives, which includes registration on the Aarogya Setu App. “With the possibility of resumption of domestic flights soon, AAI has released some steps that must be followed so passengers are fully geared up while travelling. Wear a mask, carry a hand sanitiser, keep docs handy & register on Aarogya Setu App,” it tweeted. The passengers will have to wear a mask and other protective gear, maintain four-feet physical distance from co-passengers, do web check-in. carry a printout of boarding cards, wash/sanitise hands frequently and cooperate with airport staff, said the AAI.
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