Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has issued guidelines for all districts regarding the Omicron variant of coronavirus, an official statement said on Monday. Apart from conducting RT-PCR tests of all passengers coming to the state, genome tests of all infected patients are also being carried out according to the guidelines, it said.Also Read - Amid Omicron Threat, Border Closures Still Considered in Australian State

Following the confirmation of cases of the new variant in other states of the country, the state government is ensuring strict vigil on the borders and is also emphasising further improving the health facilities in rural and urban areas, the statement said. Also Read - Omicron Scare: Thailand Detects First Case of New Covid Variant

Medical facilities are rapidly being improved to deal with the virus. In the state’s Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs), 19,000 beds are being increased and 55,000 beds in medical colleges, it added. Also Read - Omicron: Tunisia Confirms First Case of Omicron Variant; Strain Found in Citizen Returning From Istanbul

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed senior officials to make proper arrangements in hospitals for dealing with the new variant. Along with this, the state government is also keeping a close watch on the availability of oxygen, beds, laboratories, the statement said.