Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Omicron threat: Assam health department expresses concern over arrival of 500 int’l passengers

Guwahati: About 500 international travelers from 'at high risk' countries, where the Omicron threat is grave, were scheduled to arrive in Assam in the last one week, but the status of many remains unknown.

Sources in the state health department told TOI on Tuesday that these 500 travelers have arrived at various international airports in the country and they are scheduled to take connecting flights to Assam from there. "As per the Air Suvidha portal, from December 1, around 500 Assam-bound passengers have landed in India. But many are on transit to Assam and yet to reach Guwahati. However, correct data is not available on how many of them have entered the state," a senior official of the health department said.

In a big respite, 30 international passengers, who arrived at the Guwahati airport on Monday, tested negative. On Tuesday, another 10 passengers arrived at the airport and till the time of filing of this report, no one tested positive. However, no data was available with the state health department for other airports like Dibrugarh and Silchar which are also connected with leading metro cities.

The health official said that in the Kamrup (Metropolitan) district (Guwahati is in this district), about 169 international passengers were set to arrive since December 1. Many are registered to enter the Barak Valley in south Assam. During the second wave, the health department had found it very difficult to check the spread of the virus in the Barak Valley. Many visitors are also scheduled to enter districts in the Bodoland Territorial Region.

07/12/21 Kangkan Kalita/Times of India

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