Monday, January 11, 2021

First flight lands, all UK returnees test negative

Bengaluru: All passengers who flew into Bengaluru from the United Kingdom on Sunday tested negative for Covid-19, sources with the state health and family welfare department confirmed.

A total 273 passengers landed at Kempegowda International Airport from London on a British Airways flight, and 257 of these returnees underwent RT-PCR tests at the airport as per Karnataka’s standard operating procedure for those travelling from Britain.

Earlier on Friday, the ban on flights from the UK — imposed to prevent the spread of a new variant of the SARSCoV2 virus which broke out in Britain, was lifted. The first return flight from the UK landed in Delhi on Friday, while Sunday’s 4.30am arrival was the first to land in Bengaluru. The plane took off from Heathrow airport and landed at KIA with 289 people on board, including 16 crew members and 32 children below the age of 10 years.

The adult passengers comprised 146 men and 95 women. All children below 10 years were exempted from testing.

All passengers carried Covid-19 negative certificates of test results taken 72 hours prior to boarding, a mandatory requirement as part of SOPs for people travelling to India from the United Kingdom.

Karnataka health department authorities had made special arrangements to conduct Covid-19 tests on returnees on their arrival. Swab samples were collected from passengers and crew starting from 5am at secluded bays. Test samples were collected by medical professionals in PPE kit at individual enclosures for each passenger.

11/01/21 Times of India

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