6.5L Passengers screened for coronavirus (COVID-19) at 30 Indian airports: Aviation Minister Puri

Addressing a press conference on coronavirus related issues here today, Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister (I/C), Civil Aviation said that screening of passengers coming from all parts of the world is currently being carried on at 30 Indian airports and 6,49,452 passengers have been screened. Puri also informed that Wings India 2020, a major event of the civil aviation sector, will be held on a truncated basis.

Puri said that apart from these measures, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has been assisting the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

He informed that all airports have been given strict directions that all passengers arriving from International flights shall be screened by Airport Health Organisation (APHO) immediately once they step out of the specifically identified aerobridge. Separate counters have been created near these aerobridges for their screening. After the screening and clearance given by APHO at these aerobridges, all passengers shall be allowed to proceed towards immigration, Puri said.

Puri said that all airports operators will identify and earmark the aerobridge and provide the necessary infrastructure for the purpose of screening. Airport-wise Nodal Officers have been appointed at all the international airports and the list has been furnished to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to issue necessary instruction, if any, to the nodal officers at the airports directly without any delay, he added.

Puri said that airlines have been instructed for making in-flight announcements as per the directions of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. All the international passengers are also being asked to fill the ‘self-reporting form’ in duplicate, as per the instructions of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Puri said.

Signages have also been displayed at the designated places at all the airports having international operations.

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