Saturday, March 21, 2020

Health Officials To Oversee Screening At Airport

Kolkata: The Etihad Airways flight EY256 from Abu Dhabi was the last international flight to touch down at Kolkata airport at 3am on Sunday with the week-long ban on any further international flights kicking in from Sunday morning.
“All passengers will be thermal-screened and taken to the state quarantine facility for further checks,” said a senior official.

However, airport officials said international flights could depart from the city during the lockdown if foreign governments take permission to evacuate their stranded citizens. Indian national carrier Air India had operated evacuation flights to fly out Indians stuck in China and Iran.
Acting on pleas from various CMs, including Mamata Banerjee, to shut down international flights, citing that some of the flyers were asymptomatic Covid-19 carriers, the PIB had issued a notification on Thursday to shut all international commercial flights for a week from March 22.
21/03/20 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India
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