Tokyo Olympics: Indian athletes exempted from RT-PCR test upon return
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 is witnessing the Indian athletes battle it out. Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, all of them have been vaccinated entirely, while upon return, the Indian government has exempted them from the mandatory RT-PCR test.
In what should come as a relief for the Indian athletes in Tokyo and the Indian Olympic Association, the Indian government has decided to exempt the returning athletes from the mandatory RT-PCR test report. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare joint secretary Lav Agarwal announced the decision a day after IOA President Narinder Batra had requested.
However, the Health Ministry said that the athletes whose saliva-swab test returned negative would only be allowed to board the flight back to India. Also, the ones returning from Tokyo would be retested upon their arrival.
"Only asymptomatic individuals should be allowed to board the flight. The delegation will, however, have to be retested on arrival and would be allowed to leave the Airport after giving the samples with the condition that they will be required to undertake self-monitoring of their health for 14 days," said the Health Ministry in a letter.
As per the current COVID norms in Tokyo, athletes undergo tests every day, while the ones testing positive undergo the RT-PCR test. Also, the athletes must leave Tokyo within 48 hours of their event getting over.
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