India Orders Random COVID Testing at Airports

Delhi, India’s capital, will conduct random COVID-19 testing in airports, bus stops, and train stations due to the “second wave” of the virus.

Cases have surged in recent weeks in India reported hitting the highest this year has more than 47,000 new cases and 275 deaths.

Experts said that this surge called it a “delicate phase” in India since the healthcare system in the country is already exhausted from a year-long battle against the coronavirus.

The government has ordered the district magistrates and senior police officers of all districts to strictly follow the protocols.

Delhi Disaster Management Authority Chief Secretary Vijay Dev also ordered to suspend public celebrations in the national capital during upcoming festivals such as Holi and Navaratri.

“All authorities concerned will ensure that public celebrations and gatherings, congregations during upcoming festivals like Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Navaratri, etc shall not be allowed in public places/public grounds/public parks/markets/religious places, etc in NCT of Delhi,” Dev said in the order.

To date, India has reported more than 11.7 million cases and 160,000 deaths.

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