Long wait time at airports for COVID-19 take a look at outcomes is without doubt one of the major issues of worldwide travellers arriving in India as contemporary guidelines kick in from at this time within the midst of a world scare over Omicron, a brand new coronavirus variant. In Chennai, passengers have an choice to get speedy PCR leads to half-hour for Rs 3,400. RT-PCR checks, that are deemed extra dependable by consultants, take 5 to 6 hours and are less expensive on the value of Rs 700. Travellers can decide any of the 2 checks. Domestic passengers additionally must refill varieties with particulars about the place they’re going in Tamil Nadu, which might assist in contact-tracing later, if wanted.
“Eighty-eight passengers, arriving from ‘at-risk’ countries, were tested this morning… none of them tested positive. It’s a five-six-hour wait for RT-PCR test results and a half-hour wait for Rapid PCR tests. Early registrations and rapid tests are helping in making the process faster,” Dr Sharad Kumar, Director, Chennai Airport, advised NDTV.
The nations which have logged circumstances of Omicorn variant have been placed on the ‘at-risk’ record. Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel are on this record.
All the passengers who’ve visited these nations within the final 14 days must get themselves examined.
The ready corridor on the Chennai Airport – which receives 40 worldwide flights each day – can accommodate as much as 700 passengers, and a ” government-arranged treatment would follow for those who test positive,” stated Tamil Nadu’s Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan.
Covid checks could be booked on-line earlier than departure or on arrival.
Sharing her expertise, Dr. Anitha, a passenger who got here from the Netherlands, stated, “Testing could be faster, and the process could be more systematic. I had no clue about this at the time of departure. The waiting hall was comfortable.”
Nagamanoj, an engineer from Ireland who got here on an emergency to take care of his 10-month-old little one hospitalized in Coimbatore stated, “They should have provision for people like me to skip the wait. They can follow it up based on results. I’ve been flying close to 48 hours with four transits. I’ve already missed two flights for my final lap from Chennai.”
Sebastian Raj, a coach who returned from the Netherlands, stated. “The wait is longer for us but those passengers who flew with us from countries, which are not ‘at-risk’, exit the airport immediately.”
About 2 % of passengers from different nations that aren’t on the ‘at-risk’ record are additionally being examined as a part of random sampling. But they do not have to attend for outcomes, nor they must pay.
The new variant has not but entered India, the federal government stated on Tuesday. But testing is being ramped up but once more, months after the nation’s healthcare system cobbled below the strain of the second wave. New guidelines have been introduced into power by the centre.
Omicron poses a “very high” world danger and will have “severe consequences”, the WHO warned Monday. But it has additionally voiced concern that some nations are introducing blanket bans.