Saturday, March 06, 2021

In Last 6 Months, 2.2 Lakh Passengers Underwent RT-PCR Test at Mumbai Airport

The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) on Friday said that of 2.2 lakh passengers who underwent RT-PCR tests at the Mumbai airport in the last six months, 1,480 tested positive.

Over 81,000 passengers registered for the test in February, compared to 1,700 in September last year, when the facility was launched at the airport, Times of India reported.

The Maharashtra government has made RT-PCR test mandatory for travellers from Kerala, which has been reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases, to check the spread of the viral infection in the western state.

Kerala’s active cases touched 64,390 on Wednesday, the highest in the country.

The southern state also reported 5,980 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as per official figures. The decision of compulsory RT-PCR test for travellers from Kerala has come into effect from Wednesday, Maharashtra’s secretary for relief and rehabilitation (additional charge), Anoop Kumar, told PTI.

Kerala has been reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases and its active cases are as high as 64,000, he noted. “As a precautionary measure, the Maharashtra government has decided to make the RT-PCR test mandatory for travellers from Kerala,” the official said.


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