Chaos at Bengaluru International Airport as RT-PCR rule becomes mandatory

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.

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.

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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