In view of increasing coronavirus cases in Delhi, the authorities have decided to start random COVID-19 testing of arriving passengers from Wednesday at the Delhi airport. The Delhi Airport stated that the passengers who were found positive would be mandatorily quarantined.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi has issued an advisory on Wednesday stating that the District Disaster Management Authorities should conduct random Covid-19 testing of passengers coming from the states where the coronavirus cases have been rising.
Meanwhile, the travelers would be allowed to exit the airport after the collection of samples. Those passengers who found positive would be mandatorily quarantined as per the protocol of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
This comes at a time when coronavirus cases have been on the rise in Delhi. The city, on Monday, reported 1,904 fresh cases, the highest in around three-and-a-half-month while it recorded 992 new cases on Tuesday.
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Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that “we’re going to increase testing to over 80,000 tests daily.”
On Tuesday, the Delhi government issued an order for increasing 220 beds in ICU wards in private hospitals for COVID patients. “There is just 25 percent occupancy in private and government hospitals in Delhi,” Jain said.
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