Kempegowda International Airport said that due to the high volume of passengers who underwent RT-PCR testing, there were delays in processing the test results.
The chaos was seen at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on Wednesday, December 1, when the new rules implemented by the Union government due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 came into force. The airport has been witnessing long queues, as the new guidelines dictate that all international passengers arriving in India should receive a mandatory RT-PCR test. The images showed a lack of physical distance, as many passengers rushed to take an RT-PCR test. According to reports, while four doctors and 25 employees were deployed, there was only one test meter to check the passengers.
Several people also called on Twitter to express their dissatisfaction.
@BLRAirport Being one of the passengers on the first flight that landed after 00:00, it was horrible. Clearly, the Auriga Research lab was not prepared at all. Who can I contact to reimburse my cost for the quick PCR test? The results were promised in 1 hour, but lasted over 3 hours
– Raja Andukondan (@randukondan) December 1, 2021
Sir, please fix the problem at Bangalore Airport. It seems that the laws are made without thinking about implementation. What’s worse is that the queues at the airport could end up becoming a super spread event for Omicron. Let people do RT-PCR tests, go home and isolate themselves until results
– Da Shreyas (@Yes_shreyas) December 1, 2021
Your chances of being exposed to covid are higher while waiting for the test result on arrival @BLRAirport Please review our guidelines for better implementation # COVID-19 #OmnicronVariant and avoid close contacts #bangaloreAirport @mla_sudhakar
– Naveen Andanur (@AndanurNaveen) November 30, 2021
In a December 1 statement, Bengaluru Airport said: “A total of 1228 international passengers arrived at Bengaluru Airport from countries at risk on December 1, between 12:00 and 14:00. Due to the large number of passengers who were subjected to RT-PCR tests, the service provider operating the laboratory at Bengaluru Airport today experienced some delays in processing the test results. “
“In the coming days, the laboratory will expand operations to meet the growing volume. We have arranged the right places for the passengers to wait for the RT-PCR results. Our teams have extended all necessary support to the COVID-19 testing laboratory and Karnataka government staff. We are constantly working closely with all airlines and other stakeholders to minimize inconvenience to passengers. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this regard “, added the opinion.
Passenger counseling: Our teams have extended all necessary support to the COVID-19 test lab and GoK staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this regard. #BLRAirport pic.twitter.com/TMfH383VvV
– BLR Airport (@BLRAirport) December 1, 2021
The current guidelines for all international passengers coming to Karnataka stipulate that they should have a negative RT-PCR ratio. The test must be performed 72 hours before the start of the trip. Each passenger must also submit a statement on the authenticity of the report and will be subject to criminal prosecution if it is found otherwise.
Passengers coming from or transiting “at risk” countries will be informed by the airlines that they will be tested upon arrival and will be isolated if the results are positive. All passengers in these countries will have to be quarantined at home for seven days, after which a new test will be performed on the eighth day. If the results are positive, the samples will be sent for genomic sequencing.
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