Flyers from UK, London test positive for COVID-19 on arrival at Kolkata, Delhi airports

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Updated: Dec 22, 2020 1:17 PM

Samples of these persons have been sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for research and the travelers to the care centre

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Five flyers of a London-Delhi flight tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in the national capital last night. The flight was carrying 266 passengers & crew members. Samples of these persons have been sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for research and the travelers to the care centre, reported news agency ANI.

The development comes immediately after the Delhi government decided to test all flyers coming to Delhi from the United Kingdom, where a new COVID-19 strain has been detected. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has suspended all flights from the country till the end of this month.

Meanwhile, two passengers who arrived from the United Kingdom have been tested positive for COVID-19 at Kolkata airport on Sunday.

To ensure the safety of people, Tamil Nadu is identifying the people who traveled to the country in the last 10 days and will test them for COVID-19.

“Travellers of flights originating or halting in the UK are being tested for COVID-19. One such flyer was tested positive yesterday but it is not correct to presume that got infected with the UK variant of COVID. His sample will be sent to NIV, Pune for further research,” Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said.

Three flights are scheduled to land in Delhi today. Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that government will also try to contact all the people who arrived in the city in the past 14 days.

Sisodia told The Indian Express that around 4,200 people landed in Delhi from the United Kingdom. “A list of all these travelers along with their contact numbers has been prepared. Each person will be contacted and tested by district-level teams. 400 more flyers will reach Delhi via flights from the UK,” he said.

Earlier on Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Modi government to ban all the flights from the UK.

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