Delhi set to receive 400 people stranded abroad; only paid quarantine facility for airport arrivals, Delhi

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Delhi set to receive 400 people stranded abroad; only paid quarantine facility for airport arrivals

The Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi is all set to welcome the 400 returnees from abroad. However, the Delhi government issued an order that passengers arriving at the airport will have to go in 14-days quarantine at a paid facility in view of the pandemic.

The country has started one of the world’s largest rescue operations called Vande Bharat, wherein government-owned airline, Air India along with its subsidiary Air India Express, will begin the mission from today. These two together will run 64 planes for seven days and bring 14,800 Indians home from 12 countries.

Today, on May 8, around 400 Indians are expected to come back from Singapore and Dhaka as part of the mission. However, before returning back to their homes, each returnee upon reaching the Delhi airport will have to follow the government norms and stay at a paid quarantine facility for 14 days. This applies even to those who don’t show any symptoms of the virus infection.

Delhi set to receive 400 people stranded abroad; only paid quarantine facility for airport arrivals

Earlier, the Indian government was planning to allow home-quarantine for asymptomatic returnees but now they have made it a mandate for all. As per government’s revised order, the returnees belonging to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh will stay in Delhi for 14 days, and will be transported to their respective states in buses later on.

The revised order also mentions only “paid institutional quarantine centres” for the returnees from foreign nations.

A senior government official said that they are expecting to handle 410 passengers in Delhi on day one (Friday) of the rescue mission. One flight will have 243 passengers and will arrive at 11:30 AM from Singapore and the second flight with 167 people will land at around 1 PM from Dhaka.

The process

Delhi set to receive 400 people stranded abroad; only paid quarantine facility for airport arrivals

After deboarding, all the passengers will be taken to health counters of the Airport Health Organisation (APHO) for thermal screening. After screening, the symptomatic passengers would be asked to move to designated hospitals while all asymptomatic returnees will be escorted to immigration counters.

After the immigration process, passports of the passengers will be retained and people in batches of 30 will be taken over by a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer. The passports would be given to the team head escorting the returnees.

The passengers, after collecting their luggage, will be taken to the designated quarantine centres in different government buses.

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