98 more air passengers flee Assam hospital to escape mandatory Covid testing

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98 more air passengers flee Assam hospital to escape mandatory Covid testing

Silchar (Assam), April 24

A complete of 98 air passengers fled a hospital to keep away from mandatory COVID-19 testing after touchdown at Silchar airport in Assam’s Cachar district, a well being division official mentioned on Saturday.

The incident occurred on Friday, two days after 385 air passengers created dysfunction on the airport and a hospital and fled with out present process the take a look at.

The Assam authorities has made it mandatory for all air passengers arriving within the state to endure free Rapid Antigen Test adopted by an RT-PCR take a look at for Rs 500 even when the report of the RAT comes unfavorable.

The passengers are examined on the Kumbhirgram Airport in Silchar and the close by Tikol Model Hospital.

On Friday, altogether 511 passengers landed on the airport by numerous flights, and 76 amongst them had been exempted from testing as they had been transit passengers going to different northeastern states, the District Media Expert, Health Department, Suman Choudhury, informed PTI.

While 337 passengers had been examined on the Tikal Model Hospital the place six examined optimistic for COVID-19 virus, the remaining 98 fled, the official mentioned.

The matter is beneath investigation, Choudhury mentioned.

Some passengers alleged that the testing system was not up to the mark on the hospital whereas a number of others complained over fee Rs 500 for the RTPCR take a look at, Choudhury mentioned.

There had been additionally complaints that the passengers had been taken from the airport to the hospital in overcrowded buses, violating the social distancing norm.

Earlier on Wednesday, 385 passengers fled to escape the mandatory COVID-19 testing.

The Silchar Airport director mentioned in a press release later mentioned that the incident didn’t happen contained in the airport and no passenger has “escaped from security checks or the designated area at passenger’s terminal building”.

Cachar district Additional Deputy Commissioner, Health, Sumit Sattawan, had mentioned that passengers had violated the principles and felony proceedings might be initiated towards them. PTI

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