Monday, January 03, 2022

Call to amend Covid-testing protocols at airport as false positive results on the rise

Ernakulam: There have been widespread calls to amend the Covid-19 testing protocols at airports, after a lot of passengers have come out complaining about frequent false positive results and erratic testing methods.

Ashraf Thamarassery, a native of Kozhikode, shared a bitter experience on Facebook page after he got a ''false ' positive result at Thiruvananthapuram airport on his way to Sharjah on December 27.

Following this, many people have come out disclosing their bitter experiences due to the erratic testing at airports.

Ashraff Thamarassey wrote on his Facebook page that he was not allowed to travel to Sharjah at Thiruvananthapuram airport after tested positive on December 27. “I was supposed to travel by an Air Arabia flight early in the morning on December 28. But at 11pm on the previous day, I was tested positive at the airport and denied permission to travel. I had tested thrice in various places till 24 hours ago and all the results were negative. I was pretty sure that the test result was wrong and requested the airport authorities to test again but the response was cruel and vulgar. They misbehaved with me and showed me the way out,” said Ashraff.

Usually, passengers are transported to nearby government hospitals or quarantine centers once they test positive. However, he was allowed to go freely out of the airport as he showed all the negative test results taken hours ago. Contrary to this, the officials of the airport told that he was taken in an ambulance (108) to the general hospital soon after tested positive.

“I rushed to Cochin airport after booking a ticket online on the Air India flight on the same morning at 10:10am. I was tested negative there and traveled safely to Sharjah,” added Ashraff.

I lost nearly one lakh rupees due to this ordeal, said Asharff. “Government should intervene in this issue as we follow an erratic system that lands people in predicaments,” added Ashraff. found many comments, below the post of Ashraff, posted by people sharing the ordeals faced by them due to erratic testing methods at the airport. “Me, my wife and two children were traveling to Qatar last month. My wife and I were tested positive and denied permission to travel.

The entire amount spent for tickets and tests went down the drain. However, when tested outside the airport, we were negative the very next day. This system is not for the welfare of the public but to destroy them,” said Moovin Mohammed, a resident of Kalikavu, Malappuram.

02/01/22 CG Sankar/Mathrubhumi

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