Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Recently-Arrived UK Passengers Being Traced, Tested; Quarantine Facility At LNJP

The Delhi government on Tuesday said people who have arrived here from the UK recently are being traced and tested, while an institutional quarantine facility is being set up for positive cases at the LNJP Hospital amid mounting concern over a new strain of the virus detected in that country.

All passengers arriving from the UK are being tested for Covid-19 at the Delhi airport, Health Minister Satyendar Jain told reporters.

Sources said an institutional quarantine facility is being created at the LNJP Hospital in an isolated area away from the main Covid wards, for UK passengers testing positive at the airport.

Jain, earlier in the day, said Delhi has fought difficult battles with Covid-19 and all efforts will be made to ensure that the improvement made in the management of the pandemic is "not reversed".

"The Delhi government is on alert in the wake of a mutated coronavirus strain detected in the UK. The situation is being closely monitored and mandatory tests are being conducted at the Delhi airport for all passengers arriving from that country," he said.

The Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday said all flights from the UK to India and vice versa will remain suspended from Wednesday to December 31 in view of the emergence of a mutated variant of coronavirus there.

Six passengers travelling on Air India's London-Delhi flight tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival, a senior government official earlier said on Tuesday. The flight landed around 11.30 pm on Monday. 

In the last two weeks, about 6,000-7,000 people have landed at Delhi airport, many of whom would have travelled to other places like Punjab from thereon, Jain said.

"We will go house-to-house and do check-up of passengers to assess their condition and also advise them to isolate themselves for some time," he said.

23/12/20 PTI/Outlook

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