Pune Airport: Four per cent passengers test positive for COVID19 on arrival

Pune: Health team of civic bodies has identified 22 COVID-19 positive passengers arriving at Lohegaon airport from Delhi, Goa, Rajasthan, and Gujarat in the past week without holding any RT-PCR negative report.

Over 500 passengers on board, who did not undergo the RT-PCR tests before boarding the flights were screened at Pune airport. The Maharashtra government has announced that people reaching the state from Rajasthan, Gao, and Gujarat have to undergo the test at the arriving airports or have to carry negative RT-PCR test reports.

The protocol for any traveler boarding the flight from the four states needs to undergo a COVID-19 test before traveling or carrying a negative RT-PCR report. If the test results are positive then they are not supposed to onboard the flight.

But during the checks, it was found that some travelers had not undergone the test, their tests were conducted at the Lohegaon airport, said Sanjeev wave, a senior official of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department. On average, 60-72 flights are currently arriving or leaving the lohegaon airport every day. Total passenger footfall is around 8,000-10,000 of whom only 1 per cent to 2 per cent do not carry the RT-PCR test reports.

The maximum number of passengers reaching the city undergoing the test were identified on November 25, followed by 78 passengers on November 26 and 77 travelers on November 30.

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