India travel rules: Random COVID testing at airports and stricter measures for Taj Mahal

India will start randomly testing 2 per cent of international passengers arriving at its airports for COVID-19, according to the country’s health minister, Mansukh Mandaviya.

“The global pandemic is not yet over… The virus is changing its face from time to time,” Mandaviya told parliament on Thursday.

The move comes as India steps up surveillance for new COVID variants.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was set to hold a meeting with top officials on Thursday to review the COVID-19 situation in the country.

“Considering the upcoming festival season and New Year, states have been advised to keep up awareness of hand hygiene and the importance of masking,” Mandaviya said.

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