Passengers arriving in Delhi from states witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases may be tested randomly and will be mandatorily quarantined for 10 days if found positive, an order by the Delhi government’s disaster management authority has said.
The random testing will be conducted at the Delhi Airport from Wednesday, and will be rolled out to all railway stations, Inter-state Bus Terminals (ISBT) and other alighting points in the national capital. After collection of samples, the travellers would be allowed to exit, but the passengers found positive will have to quarantine either at home or at a designated hospital for the 10 days, the order dated March 23 reads.
Covid-19 cases in Delhi have surged over the last couple of weeks as India now finds itself firmly in the grip of a second wave. On Sunday, the city had recorded 1,881 new cases, the highest since December 15. The number of new cases have dropped below 1,000 in the last couple of days due to a dip in testing levels because of Holi. The city’s overall tally stands at 6,60,611 after 995 new infections were recorded on Tuesday.
The Delhi Disaster Managament Authrity, in its order, said the situation of COVID-19 in Delhi has been reviewed and it has been observed that there has been a “perceptible increase in COVID-19 cases and positivity rate reported from some states”. It said the random testing will be conducted on arriving passengers from states where COVID-19 cases are surging, but did not list any.
According to the health ministry data, eight States – Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh – have reported a surge in the daily new cases. These states account for 84.73% of the new cases reported on Tuesday.