Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Manipur to cancel flights for 10 days to clear backlog of 15,000 tests

Faced with a rush of people stranded in rest of the country, Manipur on Monday decided to cancel flights for 10 days from Thursday in order to clear the backlog of 15,000 tests for COVID-19.
In a letter to Usha Padhee, joint secretary of union civil aviation ministry, Manipur chief secretary, J. Suresh Babu sought a directive to all the airlines, DGCA and Airport Authority of India to cancel flights to Imphal.
"Due to heavy inflow of people, there is substantial delay in testing in all those returning from rest of the country and there is huge backlog of 15,000 samples pending results. Five flights lands in Imphal airport daily. The state government has decided to stop all flights for a period of 10 days in order to clear the pending backlog of testing and also clear the congestion in the quarantine centres," said the letter.
Manipur decided to conduct RT-PCR tests of all those returning to the state in order to prevent community transmission of COVID-19. Only those testing negative are allowed to go to home quarantine. A total of 27, 562 persons are now in quarantine centres (both govt and community run) in Manipur.
15/06/20 Sumir Karmakar/Deccan Herald
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