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 without warning and left dozens – many with infants – scrambling to seek out options.

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

“There’s complete chaos proper now. We’re inside a lounge… a lot of safety workers outdoors. We’re being handled like we’re in a cage… and resorts are attempting to make this a enterprise by providing offers for quarantine. We took our flight yesterday… there have been no such pointers,” Sourav Dutta, considered one of tons of who’ve been caught contained in the airport for hours, advised NDTV.

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

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

“Pricey 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 the very 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 Sprint tweeted, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet.

The confusion appeared to rise from a Delhi authorities notification this morning, which mentioned passengers from the UK needed to endure seven days’ institutional quarantine (and an equal interval of house 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.

“Simply got here from London AI112, it is completely maniac at Delhi Airport. Asking us to go for institutional quarantine even with Unfavorable PCR check. Did not point out this in 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.

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“… as per Delhi authorities’s newest mandate, all passengers arriving from the UK must endure necessary RT-PCR check within the UK in addition to in India. Passengers are additionally required to endure a compulsory 7-day institutional quarantine on arrival,” the airport mentioned.

The centre had suspended companies between the 2 nations on December 23 over the brand new and extra contagious pressure of the coronavirus. Whereas India has lifted the ban, many main European nations 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 optimistic 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’ house isolation) for passengers coming back from the UK.

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