Chennai: COVID-19 screening stays porous at railway stations, passengers escape monitoring


Chennai, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Tamil Nadu

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Key Highlights

  • Passengers from Kerala are to be screened for damaging RT-PCR or vaccine certificates

  • Nonetheless, at Chennai railway stations, many are managing to skip this screening course of

  • It’s simpler to skip screening in railways since every practice carries 800-1,000 passengers

Chennai: As per an announcement by the state authorities, passengers from Kerala are to be screened for a damaging RT-PCR report or vaccine certificates upon arrival in Tamil Nadu. Nonetheless, railway passengers have been capable of skip screening at Chennai Egmore and Chennai Central railway stations. 

Relying on the mode of transport, the screening of travellers has differed. Vaccine or RT-PCR certificates are checked for flight customers as they stroll out of their flights whereas verify posts make it handy to verify certificates of these touring by street. In relation to railways, nonetheless, it’s simpler to skip screening since every practice brings 800-1000 passengers. On Thursday, passengers who arrived from Kollam on the Egmore railway station on an early morning practice weren’t checked. Individuals weren’t stopped as they walked by the three entrances of the station. 

Since August 5, kiosks had been put in and the Chennai company deployed employees at Central for screening. Despite these steps taken prematurely, the employees was neither capable of display screen all passengers nor capable of verify their tickets to find the origin of their journey, particularly for many who arrived by the seven trains from the neighbouring state the place COVID circumstances are touching 30,000 per day. Tickets are usually not being checked to see the station from the place they’ve boarded, and passengers are usually not being segregated, as reported by the Occasions of India

1,307 passengers’ samples have been collected by the employees since August 5 out of which 6 turned out constructive. Presently, samples are to be collected solely by those that don’t carry an RT-PCR or vaccination certificates. A passenger who arrived by the Mangalore-Chennai practice on August 23 at 8 pm, Sasi M, defined {that a} severe effort to display screen passengers was lacking. They stated, “We had the vaccine certificated however my son had taken solely a single dose. However nobody stopped us. Will probably be higher if railways are advised to verify. The touring ticket examiner can verify the vaccine certificates once they verify the tickets on board trains.”

Dr P Kuganantham, the previous well being officer of the town stated that these passengers arriving from areas with excessive an infection ranges ought to be screened correctly and people discovered constructive ought to be duly quarantined. Genome sequencing also needs to be carried out to seek out out if there are any newer strains. 

“Now we have to this point collected samples from 1,307 passengers who arrived from Kerala of which six had been constructive. Comply with-ups are being carried out by which three circumstances in Royapuram zone had been traced to arrival from Kerala,” stated a company official. He added that the numbers are low since many get down at Avadi and some different stations en-route.

The cell crew carries out random checks for these arriving at Egmore since most a part of its route is in Tamil Nadu, however no constructive circumstances have been discovered from the screening carried out to this point.  


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