Delhi airport starts random COVID-19 screening from Wednesday

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Passengers seen wearing masks as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on March 15, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

The passengers arriving from different states in India will have to undergo random COVID-19 testing at the Delhi airport from Wednesday.

As per the latest government mandate, " Those found positive will be mandatorily quarantined and the District Disaster Management Authorities will conduct random COVID-19 testing of passengers coming from the states where the cases are increasing," Delhi Airport said in a statement on Wednesday.

"After collections of samples, the travellers would be allowed to exit. However, those passengers who are found positive will be mandatorily quarantined as per the protocol of the ministry of health and family welfare," it added.

In the notice issued last week, the government had warned of strict action if people are found violating the protocols.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has already capped the gatherings at open wedding venues at 200 and 100 in case of closed spaces; only 50 persons will be allowed at funerals till April 30.

Delhi recorded 992 new cases and over 53,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the last 24 hours. 

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