Monday, September 27, 2021

24 UAE flyers test positive at Mangaluru airport

Two dozen passengers who had planned to fly to the United Arab Emirates tested positive at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) during mandatory rapid RT-PCR tests six hours prior to departure between August 18 and September 22. They were moved to isolation wards.

Besides negative RT-PCR test reports that are no older than 48 hours, the Gulf nation has also made tests at the airport six hours prior to departure mandatory.

Data shows 8,261 passengers were tested at MIA between August 18 to September 22 and those who tested positive comprise less than 0.3%. All 24 passengers had Covid negative certificates with them.

Dr Ashok H, Covid-19 nodal officer, Dakshina Kannada, said the passengers were from Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kasaragod and Palakkad in Kerala besides Dakshina Kannada. Four from Kerala tested positive, while Dakshina Kannada (13 passengers) had the most.

27/09/21 Kevin Mendonsa/Times of India

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