Sunday, April 19, 2020

Indore collector blames spike on flyers, airport director differs

Indore: A day after Indore district collector expressed apprehension about Covid-19 spread in the district originating from foreign travellers reaching the airport, officials involved in the screening on Saturday claimed that prescribed guidelines sent by the Centre about screening of international passengers were closely adhered.
“As soon as we received the directives from Ministry of Civil Aviation late on January 27, we coordinated with district administration and chief medical and health officer (CMHO). Screening for international passengers started immediately for the very next Dubai flight on night of January 28 by a doctor and 2 paramedics appointed by the CMHO,” said Indore airport director Aryama Sanyal.
Till now, Indore has recorded 892 Covid-19 positive cases and 47 deaths due to the infection.

Singh, while replying to reporters, had said, “I believe, the condition in Indore is due to passengers who came to city through airport in January and February.”

He claimed that he was not posted in Indore during influx of foreigners in January and February, but strongly believed that the infection reached Indore through the international flyers.

Sanyal said medical check-up for every international passenger became mandatory from March 4, following directives from the government of India. The orders for which were available with all officials concerned.
Foreign travellers also reached Indore after alighting at international airports through road and train transport. Information about the travellers was collected upon arrival at the airports and sent to districts where their residences were located.
19/04/20 Times of India
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