Friday, October 16, 2020

Kolkata: Airport rapid test unit likely by end of October

Kolkata: Efforts are underway to roll out a swab collection facility and isolation centre soon at Kolkata airport for passengers flying in from abroad. Sources in the government and at the airport said they hoped to offer the testing on arrival option to flyers by end-October or latest beginning December.

As per the initial discussions held between the airport operator and state officials on Wednesday, health department will collect swab samples of passengers who touch down at Kolkata without a Covid report, ask them to wait at the air-conditioned makeshift area for 6-7 hours and after receipt of the report from an ICMR accredited laboratory, Covid negative passengers will be returned their passports and allowed to head home. Those who test positive will either be sent to a hospital or a safe home as advised by the doctor.

CM Mamata Banerjee had on Tuesday said the state was ready to provide a facility for Covid tests at the airport like the ones already operational in Delhi and Mumbai.

16/10/20 ET

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