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Delhi Airport to randomly test passengers for COVID-19, mandatory quarantine for those found positive

Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 will be mandatorily quarantined, as per Health Ministry protocol.

March 31, 2021 / 01:13 PM IST
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Delhi airport on March 31 announced that Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will randomly test passengers arriving in the city for COVID-19. The move comes after Delhi reported a surge in daily coronavirus cases.

Taking to Twitter, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said, "DDMA shall conduct random Covid-19 testing of passengers coming from states where the cases are rising."

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While the passengers will be allowed to exit after the collection of samples, those who later test positive will be mandatorily quarantined.

"After collection of samples, the travellers would be allowed to exit. However, the passengers who are found to be positive shall be mandatorily quarantined as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare protocol," DIAL said in a note.

The note does not specify the states from which arriving passengers will be tested.

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Delhi reported 992 fresh COVID-19 cases on March 31 with a positivity rate of 2.70 percent, while four more persons succumbed to the pathogen, the Health Department said.

The city had recorded 1,904 cases on Monday, the highest in around three-and-a-half months.

Last week, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain had ruled out the possibility of another lockdown being imposed in Delhi, saying it was not a solution to check the spread of coronavirus.

Health experts and doctors have attributed this "sudden rise" in cases to people turning complacent, not following COVID-appropriate behaviour and "assuming all is well now".

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