Monday, August 24, 2020

Seven Gaya airport staff test Covid positive

Gaya: Seven personnel working at the Gaya airport have tested Covid-19 positive.
Those tested positive are employees of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and a private airliner. Altogether nearly 600 personnel work at the airport in different capacities. They include CISF personnel, custom officials, immigration officials, ground handling staff and those engaged in activities like maintenance, power supply, sanitation, fire control, air traffic etc.
Confirming the Covid test reports of the personnel deployed at the airport, airport director Dilip Kumar said that all infected personnel are asymptomatic and they have been put in isolation. Full SOP including regular sanitisation was being done at the airport, he added.

According to the airport director, the test was conducted on nearly 450 staff deputed at the airport. “Only seven of them tested positive,” the director added.

Gaya Airport was earlier notified as the destination point for special flights operated under the ‘Vande Bharat’ mission and repatriation/chartered flights operated by several foreign airlines to ferry Bihar -Jharkhand natives stranded abroad due to nationwide lockdown. Regular flights for Delhi, Varanasi and Kolkatta are yet to resume. These flights were withdrawn in March’2020.
24/08/20 Abdul Qadir/Times of India
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