India has mandated a COVID-19 negative test report for travellers arriving from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, the federal health minister said.

Passengers from those countries would be put under quarantine if they showed symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted on Saturday, as he posted photographs of tests being conducted at the international airport in the capital, New Delhi.

India has reported the second highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, at 44 million, behind the United States, due to which India started randomly testing 2% of international passengers arriving at its airports for COVID-19.

India’s top doctors body, the Indian Medical Association, also appealed to people to wear masks in public places and get vaccine boosters. It additionally urged people to avoid public gatherings such as weddings, political and social meetings, and international travel.

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