Saturday, February 20, 2021

COVID-19 test mandatory for incoming travellers at Srinagar airport

 Srinagar: Strengthening the preventive measures against COVID-19 in the wake of the rising cases in some states of the country, authorities in Kashmir on Saturday ordered that inbound travellers will not be allowed to leave the airport here until their test report is received.

The test reports will be issued on the spot before letting the travellers go, an official spokesman said.

In a meeting convened here as part of the preventive plan, in-charge Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary issued directions for putting in place required measures to avert the spread of coronavirus in the Valley, the spokesman said.

Choudhary directed for strengthening the preventive mechanism at the Srinagar airport, instructing the Srinagar and Budgam district administrations to set up additional coronavirus testing facilities to enable quick receipt of the test reports.

He instructed that no inbound traveller be allowed to leave the airport until their COVID-19 test report is received, the spokesman said.

He said the instructions come in the wake of a recent trend within Kashmir which shows a greater number of infections in travellers compared to local cases of COVID-19 infections.

20/02/21 PTI/Outlook

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