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Aviation Minister says “Why Fuss Over Quarantine”: on the flights resuming.

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Published on May 21, 2020 with No Comments

“Calibrated” re-opening of air travel in the country comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases over the past two 24-hour periods; over 11,000 cases have been reported.

An unnecessary “fuss” is being made over quarantine of passengers on domestic flights, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said today, while discussing norms to be followed by airlines and passengers for the resumption of domestic operations from Monday.

Mr Puri indicated that the government was not in favour of quarantining passengers on short-haul flights and that the larger question of quarantining would have to be dealt with in a “pragmatic manner”.

“Why are we making a fuss over quarantine? Positive cases won’t be boarding and there can be asymptomatic people. The quarantine issue will be dealt with in a pragmatic manner. We can’t have 14 days quarantine… it is not practical,” the aviation minister said.

Mr Puri also said, “I don’t know why we are making such a fuss on the quarantine issue. Bhai, this is domestic travel. Same laws will apply here that applies when you travel by train or a bus… People who are positive will not be allowed to board the flights… The quarantine issue will be dealt with in a pragmatic manner”.

Those found with COVID-19 symptoms or showing “red” on the government’s contact-tracing app will not be allowed to enter the airport terminal or board flights, the Ministry said.

Passengers coming from containment areas of “red” zones will also not be allowed to enter the airport or board flights, the ministry’s statement added.

 

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