The Delhi government on Thursday extended its order for a 14-day quarantine for passengers arriving from the UK in the nation’s capital until January 31.
Previously, the administration had decided to crack down on travelers from the UK with a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine and a seven-day home quarantine, even though their COVID-19 test was negative. arrival.
“To protect the people of Delhi from exposure to the UK virus, the Delhi government has taken some important decisions. Travelers from the UK will be required to undergo a self-paid RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport, ”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwl said on Friday.
“Anyone arriving from the UK who tests positive will be isolated in an isolation center. The negatives will be taken to a quarantine facility for seven days, followed by seven days of home quarantine, ”the Delhi chief minister added.
On December 23, the central government suspended flights from the UK, with all passengers arriving from there to be tested upon arrival at airports. The suspension of British flights was then extended until January 8.
Flights from the UK resumed on Friday in limited capacity amid concerns over the new strain of coronavirus that was recently detected in the UK. The first flight carrying 256 passengers arrived in Delhi today from London, airport officials informed.
The ban on flights to the UK was lifted on January 6. 30 flights will be operated each week – 15 by Indian and UK carriers. This schedule will continue until January 23, had informed the Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri earlier.
Passengers will need to take an RT-PCR test up to 72 hours before a flight and upon arrival. Meanwhile, leaders including the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Delhi, Ashok Gehlot and Arvind Kejriwal, criticized the Center for partially lifting the ban and urged authorities to extend the ban.