NEW DELHI: New Delhi district authorities on Monday issued a show cause notice to Etihad Airways for allegedly violating the Centre’s guidelines regarding international passenger arrivals at IGI airport here, amid concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
A response to the notice was requested from the airline station manager within 24 hours.
The opinion of the magistrate of the district of Vasant Vihar said that the standard of random testing of 2% of passengers was “not followed” in two Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi that landed at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) Sunday and Monday.
âA subsection (2% of the total number of passengers) will undergo testing after random arrival at the airport on arrival. The 2% of those travelers on each flight will be identified by the relevant airlines (preferably from different countries), âthe notice said.
“He noticed that you did not follow the above instructions,” he said, citing the two flights from Abu Dhabi.
The manager of the airlines station was asked to respond to the justification notice within 24 hours.
“The non-compliance should be taken seriously, and it would be presumed that the station manager has no say in the matter and action deemed appropriate should be taken in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Management Act 2005. disasters; IPC section 188 and other applicable laws, âhe said.
Recently, three other airliners were notified by district authorities for various violations of international arrivals guidelines.
The Union Health Ministry in its “Guidelines for International Arrivals” has stipulated that two percent of passengers from countries that are not in the “at risk” category will be tested for COVID-19 on an random at airports.
Passengers originating in or in transit from “at risk” countries will have to undergo an RT-PCR test after arrival and will have to wait for the results at the airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight, according to the guidelines that have come into force. from December 1st.
If they test negative, they will need to be quarantined at home for seven days and will be retested on the eighth day of their arrival in India. If it was negative again, self-monitoring of health would continue for an additional seven days, he said.
However, if these travelers test positive for COVID-19, their samples must be sent for genomic testing to the INSACOG laboratory network. They should be managed in a separate isolation facility.
Contacts of such cases should be kept in institutional quarantine or at home under strict state government surveillance, as directed.
Countries in Europe including the UK and South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Israel were classified as ” at risk âby the Union Ministry of Health.
Delhi reported its first case of the Omicron variant on Sunday. 37 year old man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania tested positive for Omicron.
Officials say he was admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital and has mild symptoms.
So far, 21 cases of the Omicron variant, which has been designated as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization, have been detected in India.
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