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18 of 16,000 fliers from 'at-risk' nations test positive; tests for Omicron underway: Govt

18 of 16,000 fliers from 'at-risk' nations test positive; tests for Omicron underway: Govt

''A decision on booster dose and jabs for children will be taken on the basis of scientific advice,'' he said and appealed to opposition parties to trust scientists.

18 of 16,000 fliers from 'at-risk' nations test positive; tests for Omicron underway: Govt (Photo: Reuters) 18 of 16,000 fliers from 'at-risk' nations test positive; tests for Omicron underway: Govt (Photo: Reuters)

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday informed Parliament that RTPCR tests of 16,000 passengers from 'at-risk' countries have been conducted so far, of whom 18 have tested positive for COVID-19.

He also said that genome sequencing for Omicron detection is underway for such passengers.

Addressing the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour, he said the Union government has taken measures to make the country ready for any future challenges and adopted the buffer stock policy to ensure that all states have enough medicines to deal with any further surge in COVID-19 cases.

''A decision on booster dose and jabs for children will be taken on the basis of scientific advice,'' he said and appealed to opposition parties to trust scientists.


"The index seeks to include only companies that have devoted material resources or made material commitments to the use of blockchain technologies," as per information available on Indxx website.

Some of the companies that are currently part of the blockchain index are Tesla, Advanced Micro Devices, Nvidia Corp, Microsoft, Samsung, IBM, Oracle and Accenture among others.

It also includes a few Indian entities like Infosys, TCS, Wipro and Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Meanwhile, Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund and Mirae Asset have filed draft documents for launching silver ETFs. Only recently, capital markets regulator SEBI had given its go-ahead for fund houses to launch funds based on silver as an underlying asset.

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Published on: Dec 03, 2021, 4:58 PM IST
Posted by: Tarab Zaidi, Dec 03, 2021, 4:48 PM IST