Omicron scare: Chennai Airport units up separate hall for passengers from ‘in danger’ nations


The Chennai Airport has stepped up its precautionary measures within the wake of the brand new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. The state authorities had already issued orders to the authorities of 4 worldwide airports in Tamil Nadu — Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli — to stick to the latest pointers issued by the Union authorities, which come into drive at this time (December 1).

The state well being secretary J Radhakrishnan chaired a gathering on Tuesday with the Union Well being Minister on the state’s preparedness to sort out the brand new variant.

As per the rules issued by the Union authorities, the Chennai Airport authorities have made elaborate preparations for the worldwide passengers. An unique hall has been created on the T4 terminal within the airport to display passengers arriving from nations thought-about “in danger”. As per the authorities, the power can accommodate 450 passengers at a time.

The services for the registration for RT- PCR assessments, pattern assortment and cost, are offered on the similar degree. “An unique house is earmarked for every facility to rule out any risk of crowding and to make sure easy motion inside the power,” the authorities mentioned.

Facility to for RT-PCR testing on the Chennai Airport (Specific Photograph)

Different services on the T4 terminal embrace Meals and Beverage (F&B) shops, child feeding rooms and a cash trade facility. Facilities like leisure screens, free Wi-Fi, free phone and merchandising machines are additionally current within the hall. Data shows with the most recent pointers are in place to tell arriving passengers.

Chennai Airport Director Sharad Kumar instructed that there was no delay in arrival or departure as a result of new protocols. “They (arrivals/departures) are organized in a seamless method to keep away from any delays or inconveniences. Sufficient workers from Airport Authority of India, the airways and different stakeholders are deployed other than the conveniences offered on the hall,” he mentioned.

Measures taken to make sure social distancing on the Chennai Airport. (Specific Photograph)

The authorities knowledgeable that since early morning on Wednesday, a complete of 88 samples of worldwide passengers has been examined and none of them returned optimistic.

Two days in the past, the Union authorities revised the rules for worldwide travellers arriving from Europe, together with the UK and 11 different “in danger” nations. The testing of worldwide travellers was made obligatory no matter their vaccination standing.

As per the brand new pointers, the passengers are required to submit a pattern for Covid-19 testing upon arrival and they should watch for the end result earlier than leaving or taking a connecting flight. Following a adverse end result, they should house quarantine for seven days. They are going to be retested on the eighth day of arrival.

In the event that they take a look at optimistic, their samples could be despatched for genome testing on the INSACOG laboratory community. They might be despatched to a separate isolation facility and offered therapy as per the Normal Working Procedures (SOPs). Their contacts would even be stored beneath house quarantine and strictly monitored by the state authorities.


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