Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Passengers to Wuhan held valid reports, says Air India after 19 Indians test positive

Air India on Monday said all Indians who flew to Wuhan on a Vande Bharat flight held negative Covid reports from certified labs, after 19 passengers onboard tested positive for the coronavirus upon reaching the Chinese city last week, NDTV reported. The national carrier said there was no question of passengers travelling without valid test reports.

“On October 30, 19 passengers on Air India’s Vande Bharat flight to Wuhan tested positive for Covid-19 at Wuhan Airport, China,” Air India said in a statement, according to ANI. “The airline is aware of the incident. All passengers boarded the flight after thorough checks of their Covid negative certificate.”

Air India added that the airline strictly adheres to all the safety protocol laid down by the regulatory bodies and conforms to requirements at destination airports. “There is no question of passengers boarding any of our flights without valid Covid reports,” the airline stated.

All Indian passengers need to undergo two Covid tests before they board flights, according to the rules laid down by the government. Protocols also stipulate 14-day mandatory quarantine in designated hotels for all those arriving in China.

Besides the 19 Indians who tested positive, antibodies were found in the tests of 39 Chinese officials, unidentified officials told PTI.

03/11/20 Scroll.in

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