Amid the looming threat of new coronavirus variant Omicron, Madhya Pradesh government authorities are scrambling to trace 95 of the 400 who arrived in the state's commercial capital Indore from overseas countries starting from November 1. The untraceable travellers arrived from the United States, the UK, Norway, Sweden, while some came via Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Goa.
Indore authorities have called for an emergency meeting with officials to suggest ways for tracing them. They are trying to trace them for the mandatory Covid test.
No Omicron cases have been confirmed in the state yet. However, cases in the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Rajasthan has made the MP government vigilant, especially in border areas. But the state government has not imposed any restrictions on people travelling to MP from neighbouring states. The Covid-19 situation in the state of MP will be reviewed later on Monday by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Likewise, in Bhopal, authorities are on high alert despite RT-PCR tests at railway stations and at the Airport.
"Every passenger travelling to Bhopal has to go through RT-PCR test. Even those coming from foreign countries are not coming directly to Bhopal but via New Delhi, Mumbai or some other states. We are ensuring that not a single passenger coming at Raja Bhoj airport should face any difficulty during mandatory Covid-19 procedure and that adequate teams have been deployed for that," said Anil Vikram, a senior official at Raja Bhoj airport said.