Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Air India passengers face harrowing time at Seven Hills quarantine facility

Mumbai: India’s efforts to check any further spread of the novel coronavirus in the country by quarantining passengers flying in from countries worst impacted by the virus outbreak seems to have some leaks due to poor facilities at some centres.

Passengers who had come to Mumbai from Frankfurt on Air India flight AI124 on Monday not only had a harrowing quarantine experience but some of them were even allowed to leave without proper testing, two passengers have alleged.

Germany being among eleven countries from where all incoming passengers are being subjected to quarantine upon landing, after immigration the flyers were taken to Seven Hills hospital, which is now functioning as Mumbai’s biggest quarantine facility after being shut for 13 months, business management student Aamir Khan and a senior manager at a consultant firm who requested not to be named told ET.

However, the facility was dilapidated with almost no testing equipment and a pantry overflowing with water, they alleged. Also, the passengers didn’t receive food or water for six hours.
According to the health ministry mandate, the passengers were to be categorised into three groups after screening. Category A passengers under high risk would be taken to isolated facilities, category B with moderate risks would be taken to a quarantined facility, and category C with no symptoms would be placed under home quarantine, the ministry had said.
18/03/20 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times
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