MUMBA: India will randomly test 2 percent of international passengers arriving at its airports for COVID 19, said the country's health minister, Mansukh Mandaviya, on Thursday, as the country increases surveillance for new coronaviruses variants.
The global epidemic is not over yet. Mandaviya told parliament on Thursday that the virus is changing its face from time to time.
The prime minister Narendra Modi was due to hold a meeting with top officials on Thursday to review the COVID 19 situation in the country.
The upcoming festival season and New Year, states have been advised to keep up with hand hygiene and the importance of masking, according to Mandaviya.
India's iconic Taj Mahal, which attracts thousands of tourists every day, will now require visitors to undergo a COVID 19 test before entering the city, according to a Reuters partner ANI.
The winter session of Parliament was spotted by lawmakers wearing masks. Masks have not been compulsory in most parts of the country for several months.