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Chaos At Delhi Airport As Revised Covid Rules Catch UK Passengers Unaware

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Chaos at Delhi airport on Friday over last-minute adjustments to Covid guidelines for passengers from the UK

New Delhi:

A final-minute revision of coronavirus testing and isolation guidelines, together with seven days’ necessary institutional quarantine even for these with unfavorable RT-PCR exams, led to chaos at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport on Friday, with passengers complaining that the adjustments had taken them abruptly and left dozens – many with infants – scrambling to search out options.

Several took to Twitter to spotlight grievances and the scenario, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of their messages.

“There is total chaos right now. We are inside a lounge… lots of security staff outside. We are being treated like we are in a cage… and hotels are trying to make this a business by offering deals for quarantine. We took our flight yesterday… there were no such guidelines,” Sourav Dutta, one in every of lots of who’ve been caught contained in the airport for hours, informed NDTV.

Mr Dutta added that he had paid GBP 200 (round Rs 20,000) for a RT-PCR check (which returned a unfavorable end result) in London and Air India accepted the check end result at boarding.

Another passenger – Gouri Shankar Dash – posted a photograph of his toddler baby sleeping on blankets on the airport flooring, and stated he had not been allowed to get his daughter’s stroller from their baggage.

“Dear Arvind Kejriwal, I’m one of many passenger of flight AI 112 from London with my 4.5 months previous daughter. You locked everybody of us. At least bacche pe to rahem karte (take pity on the youngsters). There isn’t any meals for my daughter… they did not let me get my stroller. How merciless you guys are?” Mr Dash tweeted, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet.

The confusion appeared to rise from a Delhi authorities notification this morning, which stated passengers from the UK needed to endure seven days’ institutional quarantine (and an equal interval of residence isolation) even when they examined unfavorable for the virus.

The notification was issued after an attraction by Chief Minister Kejriwal – asking the centre to increase the ban on flights from the UK until January 31 – failed. The notification, tweeted by Mr Kejriwal at 2.30 pm, was issued after flights from London had taken off – a degree highlighted by many.

“Just came from London AI112, it’s absolutely maniac at Delhi Airport. Asking us to go for institutional quarantine even with Negative PCR test. Didn’t mention this on your SOP,” Harprit Takkar tweeted with movies of the pandemonium, tagging the Civil Aviation Minister and Air India.

Delhi Airport responded to the tweet and referred Mr Takkar to the Delhi authorities notification.

“… as per Delhi government’s latest mandate, all passengers arriving from the UK will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR test in the UK as well as in India. Passengers are also required to undergo a mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine on arrival,” the airport stated.

The centre had suspended companies between the 2 international locations on December 23 over the brand new and extra contagious pressure of the coronavirus. While India has lifted the ban, many main European international locations like France, Spain and Germany have prolonged it.

This morning an Air India flight from UK landed in Delhi with 246 passengers on board.

The quantity of people that have examined constructive for the brand new UK variant has climbed to 82; over a dozen of those instances have been reported from Delhi.

Maharashtra has not too long ago additionally declared seven days’ institutional quarantine (and 7 days’ residence isolation) for passengers coming back from the United Kingdom.

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