Kolkata: A 34-year-old man flew from Delhi to Kolkata via Guwahati with a COVID positive report in his pocket. On reaching Kolkata airport, he insisted the officials to admit him in a quarantine centre immediately. As the Kolkata airport authority didn’t find any COVID related symptoms they refused to send him to a COVID quarantine centre.
But the passenger refused to leave the premises insisting on being sent to quarantine claiming he had a cough. “See, this is my COVID-19 result report”, said the passenger taking out the report from his pocket.
The passenger was then handed over the state health department and later sent to a COVID facility in Newtown near the airport. Now passengers of the two aircraft in which the COVID positive passenger flew are being contact traced by the airlines.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier pointed out grave lapses at the airports and included it as a reason for the state’s high COVID numbers. She had said there was no proper surveillance being done at the airports and thus passengers who are positive are being allowed to travel spreading the infection further.