Friday, March 06, 2020

Passengers Contradict Government, Claim There's No Screening For Coronavirus At Indian Airports

Just as India reported a sharp rise in infections—from six to 29 in a matter of 48 hours—the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) immediately announced that all passengers arriving in India from other coronavirus-affected countries like Italy and Iran will undergo strict medical screening at the airports.

However, the ground reality with regard to passenger accounts on social media seems to be entirely different.
One Twitter user wrote, 'There was no screening till yesterday at IGI T3 and this whole drama is done only after travellers took it to social media about lack of screening.'

Another claimed, 'I returned last week from IGI international airport and I felt screening @DelhiAirport is not adequate. The medical team sitting there should be checking each passenger not based on the country of return as this is common sense virus. if one is infected probability is many wills.'
Founder and CEO of The Quint, Ritu Kapur, also slammed the officials at Delhi's IGI airport for not taking adequate steps to screen passengers.

Ritu Kapur tweeted, 'Just landed back from an international trip and was NOT screened at any point ... while reports say - All international passengers to be screened as 29 people test positive for coronavirus in India .. cont’d'
06/03/20 KC Archana/India Times

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