Monday, February 15, 2021

Sharjah flight resumes after 11 months; 23 of 60 flyers quarantined, 37 exempted

Nagpur: After 11 months, one of the two international flights — from Sharjah — resumed operations at city airport on Sunday. Of the 60 people who arrived, 23 were quarantined and remaining 37 got exemption.

Following pandemic, flights from Sharjah and Doha were stopped on March 24. Once a daily flight, the Sharjah aircraft will arrive here once a week on Sundays till February 28. The decision to continue once a week or at higher frequency is likely to be taken on March 2.

A 15 member team of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and MIHAN India Limited (MIL) received all passengers. Two doctors and one nurse of the civic body reportedly checked temperature and oxygen saturation level of all flyers.

NMC additional municipal commissioner Sanjay Nipane told TOI, “We gave 37 flyers exemption from 7-day quarantine. There were seven couples with children below five years so total 21 were exempted. Remaining 16 were given exemption for other reasons, like cancer patients, arrived for attending funeral etc. Some were from other districts so respective district administrations were alerted. RT-PCR test of all these people is supposed to be done on 5th day and all have to strictly follow home isolation norms.”

Nipane added the remaining 23 passengers were informed in detail about two types of facilities for institutional quarantine at airport itself. “Four of them had already booked rooms in a private hotel before landing here. Eleven others too wished to stay in private hotels. Eight were quarantined at VNIT Hostel as they wished to avail free of cost quarantine facility provided by NMC. I thank MIL officials as well as staff of the airlines, who had already guided flyers about system of 7-day quarantine along with paid and free facilities before landing here,” he said.

NMC engaged five city buses with a driver, attendant and two security guards. Four buses took 15 flyers to seven private hotels and one bus ferried 8 to VNIT hostel.

On the confusion created by NMC regarding paid and free quarantine facilities, Nipane said, “Government guidelines say international flyers have to be quarantined in paid facilities. The NMC took decision to also provide free quarantine facility. The same was done when flyers from Europe, Middle East and South Africa arrived in November and December last year,” he said.

15/02/21 Anjaya Anparthi/Times of India

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