Thursday, December 24, 2020

Increased scrutiny for flyers at Kolkata airport to keep fresh Covid strain away

Kolkata: Five British travellers of Indian origin who flew into the city late Monday night from Doha were separated and taken to CNCI Hospital in Rajarhat for RT-PCR tests.

They were taken for a repeat test to be sure that none of them have Covid. Five British passport holders, including four of a family, reached the city at 2:05 am yesterday on Qatar Airways flight QR540. 

An airport official told the Times of India, “Though they had Covid negative reports and did not display any Covid symptoms, they were transported to Covid facility at Rajarhat for RT-PCR test to be sure that they are not carrying the infection.”

The five people, along with the two people who had come by the Air India flight from London on December 20 and tested positive on arrival, would be kept in institutional quarantine for six days. Samples from the five Qatar Airways travellers would be sent to Pune for study.

Immigration officers have been ordered to check passports of all incoming people to ensure no one has been to UK in the last week. The increased vigilance is to check the entry of people who may be coming from UK via another nation.

The city has flights connecting Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City, Doha and Dhaka. There is a chance of a passenger from UK having flown into these countries before the ban and then moving to fly into Kolkata now. 


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