In an attempt to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission due to increased inter-state movement, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has created new, special zones to test all domestic passengers from Delhi, Goa, Rajasthan and Gujarat for the coronavirus infection. The airport authorities have stated that all travellers, arriving from these above mentioned places, will be directed to the test zone, located near the baggage carousel, to undertake the COVID-19 test before they leave the airport premises.
Stringent protocol to arrest COVID spread in Mumbai
According to the order issued by the state of Maharashtra, preventive guidelines have been established to surveil domestic travellers at Mumbai Airport. This order states that passengers arriving from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan are expected to either furnish negative COVID-19 test report, conducted by the RT-PCR method from any ICMR approved lab or undertake the test upon arrival in Mumbai. The CSMIA, in compliance to this edict, has set up dedicated test zones inside the airport to check the rising coronavirus infection in the city.
In the first two days of the implementation of this new directive, the Mumbai Airport Authorities had tested over 200 passengers, arriving from the mentioned source regions. A statement released by the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) stated that none of the 200 passengers tested positive for COVID-19.
The Maharashtra government has exempted armed forces personnel and their families from undertaking the mandatory RT-PCR coronavirus test. This non-inclusion was authorised after the Indian Army informed that they are following strict COVID-19 protocols for all persons arriving at their respective military units.
Testing at Mumbai Railway Stations
In addition to flying passengers, the civic body of Mumbai, BMC, has initiated a similar protocol for passengers at 6 major railway stations in the city following the state established guidelines. In just a couple of days of this protocol, the BMC has tested over 23,000 passengers across the six stations. According to the information, about 13 people were tested positive for the virus and were immediately isolated at Covid Care Centres in the city.