India brings back COVID-19 tests for flyers from some Asian nations: Health minister

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India will reintroduce mandatory COVID-19 tests for flyers coming from a number of major Asian nations, including China, amid fears of a fresh wave of infections hitting the world’s second-most populated country.

RT-PCR tests will be required from travelers coming from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand, effective January 1, India’s Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a Twitter post on Thursday.

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Within 72 hours before they travel they will also have to upload their reports on India’s Air Suvidha portal, which had been discontinued last month.

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India, home to 1.4 billion people, on Thursday reported 268 new COVID-19 cases, highest since December 2, according to data from the federal health ministry.

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