Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Calcutta airport sets up seperate facilities for fliers from coronavirus-hit zones

Calcutta: The Calcutta airport has segregated immigration counters and baggage belts for passengers arriving from coronavirus-affected countries.

Officials said the process of identifying passengers from such countries is taking time because Calcutta, unlike other metro cities, does not have direct air link with Europe and the US.

“Since last Sunday, we have designated four immigration counters only for passengers arriving from coronavirus-affected countries. Two of the six baggage carousals in the arrival area of the international section have been designated for those passengers,” airport director Kaushik Bhattacharya said on Tuesday.

“The passengers arriving from these countries are directed to these counters after health screening.”

Over the past couple of days, 1,000-1,200 passengers have been arriving from these countries. If any such passenger is found suffering from symptoms related to the coronavirus infection, he or she is being sent to the government-run hospital for infectious diseases in Beleghata.

The passengers who are not showing such symptoms are being asked to keep themselves quarantined at home for 14 days.

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation is monitoring the health of those passengers who are staying in the city.
10/03/20 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph

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