Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Flyers from 4 states seek clarity after ‘no check’ of RT-PCR reports at Kol airport

Kolkata: Heading towards Kolkata, flyers from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Telengana, who ran helter-skelter to get their Covid tests done during the weekend, were surprised when some airlines allowed them to proceed just on the basis of their Covid status on Arogya Setu app. This also included those flyers who failed to get their tests done and expected to be stopped at the airport.

“I didn’t know the need of a Covid test report to fly back home and by the time I was informed about the matter on Sunday, it was too late to undergo the test and get the report. I took a chance and reached the Mumbai airport where I was only asked to fill up an Arogya Setu form by airport officials and none asked me for any other report. As I reached the Kolkata airport, none sought any test report from me,” said Mangala Bala Sarkar, a 56-year-old homemaker who came back to her Rishra home on Monday.

Jayanta Maity, a resident of Howrah, on the other hand, had called up multiple private labs before heading to a government hospital in Mumbai last Saturday only to manage the RT-PCR report by Sunday evening for him, his wife and daughter. He even carried print-outs of all the test reports but he was disappointed as none asked for it while he was entering the airport. “I myself showed the print-outs to the officials both in Mumbai and Kolkata, though none had asked for it,” said Maity.

02/03/21 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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