Saturday, December 04, 2021

200+ fly into city from ‘at risk’ London

Ahmedabad: At least 200 passengers arrived at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad on Friday night from London, the UK, which has been classified as an ‘at risk’ country under the latest guidelines of the Union health ministry.

The UK is among the 11 countries designated as ‘At Risk’ in relation to the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The other countries are South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Israel.

The passengers arrived by Air India Flight AI-172 and landed at Terminal-II of SVPI airport. “As soon as the passengers stepped out of the aircraft, their RT-PCR negative reports of Covid-19 tests taken within 72 hours of departure and their self-declaration forms were checked,” a source said. “These passengers were made to queue up separately from other fliers. Once their immigration and customs clearances were done, they were sent for testing.”

The results were not available till late on Friday. Authorities at SVPI airport have earmarked a separate area for the passengers to be seated as they await their Covid-19 test reports.

“Five counters have been established for Covid-19 tests at the arrivals area. Passengers are given the option of taking either an RT-PCR test or an RT-LAMP test which is equivalent to the RT-PCR test approved by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),” said a well-placed source at the airport. “About 200 chairs have been set up at the arrivals area for the passengers to rest.”

04/12/21 Times of India

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