Tuesday, June 23, 2020

52 who flew into Chennai from abroad tested +ve in June

Chennai: The international terminal of the city airport has been bustling with activity almost everyday this month as the number of evacuation flights bringing home stranded Indians has increased.
Thirty-two flights, a majority of them from the Middle East, brought in around 4,800 people stranded abroad since June 2. There were 19 flights last month.
Institutional quarantine is compulsory and samples are taken for RT-PCR tests on arrival and also before exiting from quarantine. The authorities were able to identify 52 people with Covid-19 among those who arrived on the flights this month. Test results are awaited for three flights which landed in the past three days.
Almost all the patients are from the Middle East. Of the infected passengers, 33 are from Qatar. Passengers from the US and UK have also started to arrive via transit flights being operated from Delhi this week. They are treated as international passengers and quarantined here.
Sources said rescue flights have increased in June as the ministry of civil aviation has allowed Air India and Air India Express to operate more flights under phase 2 and phase 3 of Vande Bharat mission. Flights were also sent to Moscow, Hong Kong, Laos, Sydney to bring back stranded people. There was a demand for flights from southeast Asian countries and the Middle East apart from the US and UK.
23/06/20 Times of India

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