In order to counter the spread of the coronavirus infection, passengers from 12 countries with a high number of infection cases are separated from other passengers up to the conveyor belt areas at airports.

The move is part of India’s strategy to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 34 on Saturday.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has drawn up a plan to separate passengers from 12 countries at international airports. Passengers arriving from countries with a high number of cases such as China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Nepal and Indonesia would be separated from other passengers.

Passengers from the 12 countries are not allowed to mix with other passengers during the “health check-up, immigration and conveyor belt areas”.

Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola, along with AAI Chairman Arvind Singh, DGCA Chief Arun Kumar and others, reviewed the status of screening activities conducted at various airports on Saturday. It has been suggested that adequate arrangements be made at all international airports.

“Universal screening of passengers, disinfection of aircraft and airport terminals, and safety of ground and security personnel must be ensured,” said AAI in a tweet.

Passengers from all over the world are currently being examined at 30 airports.


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