Covid Resurgence Scare: Odisha Orders Screening Of Disembarking Passengers At Airports, Railway Stations

Bhubaneswar: In view of the upsurge in Covid-19 cases in 12 States-Maharashtra, Kerala, Telengana, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Punjab, Delhi, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh, the Health & Family Welfare Department of the Odisha government has decided to enhance surveillance in the State to prevent a resurgence of Covid cases.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department P K Mohapatra today wrote a letter to all Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, Director Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar, Director Jharsuguda Airport and General Manager (Operations), East Coast Railways to screen disembarking passengers at airports and railway stations from or through the aforementioned States by thermal screening and conduct on-site Rapid Antigen Test of those found having symptoms or fever.

If found positive, they will be put in isolation and treated as per protocol, the letter added.

The letter has requested the aforementioned authorities to make necessary arrangements for thermal screening of all passengers and on-site RAT testing of symptomatic passengers disembarking from trains/flights arriving from the identified high-risk States to prevent the spread of Covid-19.