Omicron: Can India afford a new COVID surge?
01 December 2021 | 1:08 pm
India is pulling out all the stops to avoid a repeat of the devastating wave of delta-fueled infections earlier this year, by ramping up testing while stepping up screening and surveillance of international travelers.
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