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GUWAHATI: As new variants of the novel coronavirus unfold throughout the nation, a way of worry has returned among the many individuals of the northeast as no state, besides Manipur, has issued any order relating to necessary testing for travellers from areas the place a spike in circumstances has been recorded.
Silchar and Lilabari airports in Assam and Agartala airport in Tripura have already withdrawn necessary testing orders. The different airports in Assam, too, plan to discontinue with such practices from March 1. As the Airports Authority of India strictly follows the suggestions of the respective state governments and district administrations as far as testing at airports are involved, the statutory physique additionally stays in a repair.
“It’s a tricky situation. The testing rule varies in two airports in one state. Most states are not even tracking and testing passengers from Kerala and Maharashtra where a spike has been noticed,” an AAI official stated.
Speaking concerning the scenario, National Health Mission, Assam, director Lakshmanan S stated on Wednesday, “As per the latest decision in Assam airports, mandatory testing won’t be there from March 1. No decision has yet been taken to reserve this directive. As of today, we are testing all those who are arriving in flights without a valid negative Covid report from outside the northeast.”
The Lengpui airport in Mizoram, Dimapur airport in Nagaland and Shillong airport in Meghalaya are nonetheless doing necessary exams, AAI officers stated. These airports, that cater to a a lot lesser variety of passengers, could defend additional unfold of the virus. However, issues could take a flip for the more serious as Tripura airport, the second most busy airport within the northeast after Guwahati, has already carried out away with necessary testing.
However, within the airports the place necessary testing just isn’t there, self monitoring is prescribed — 14 days in case of Tripura and 10 days for Silchar and Lilabari. “Normal screening may not be enough to detect the asymptomatic people,” the AAI official added.
Airports throughout the northeast file a median each day footfall of 24,000 individuals.

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