Monday, October 05, 2020

Delhi Airport Replaces Quarantine Stamp After Congress Leader's Tweet

New Delhi: A fresh batch of ink is being used in the COVID-19 quarantine stamp for international passengers at the Delhi international airport after a Congress leader complained about pain and itchiness due to the chemical used in it, said senior government officials on Monday.

"After the complaint, the Delhi state authorities have started using a fresh batch of ink to stamp incoming international passengers," said one of the officials.

As per rules, all international passengers have to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine followed by seven days of home quarantine post arriving in Delhi. However, certain categories of passengers like those with COVID-negative certificates from a test done 96 hours prior to the journey are exempted from institutional quarantine.

Passengers who have to undergo quarantine at home are stamped "home quarantine" on their hands by the Delhi state authorities when they are leaving the Delhi airport.

Madhu Goud Yaskhi, National Secretary and Spokesperson, Congress asked Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Twitter on Sunday if he can "please look into the chemical being used at Delhi airport for stamping on passengers coming from abroad".

He said he was stamped when he came from abroad to Delhi on Saturday and it has been "continuously painful and itchy".

Hardeep Singh Puri replied: "Thank you for drawing my attention to this. A have spoken to CMD AAI (Airports Authority of India)."

05/10/20 PTI/NDTV

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