About 300 air passengers who landed at Silam Assam airport on Wednesday waived Covid-19 mandatory tests and fled the testing center, authorities said.
In accordance with the revised Assam government rules due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, all incoming air travelers are due for Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and RT-PCR tests on arrival. As Silchar airport is small, tests are conducted at the nearby Tikol model hospital.
“On Wednesday, 690 people landed in Silchar,” said Sumit Sattawan, ADC, Health, Cachar area, “Some were excluded since they were transit travelers traveling to other northeastern states. A total of 189 took the test – six of which were positive. “The officer added that about 300” went away “, omitting the test. “In terms of how they ran away and other details, we’re still investigating exactly what happened,” he said, adding that the passengers involved would be tracked.
Another officer, who did not want to be named, said the passengers “did not want to be tested so they did not cooperate.” “They literally ran away from the center,” said the official.
ADC Sattawan said the passengers were transported to the center from the airport on buses provided by the administration. “They can also move in their own vehicle by providing details of an undertaking and vehicle / driver,” he said.
Police are currently tracking the passengers who fled, after which legal action will be taken. “Cases will be registered under relevant departments,” he said.
The Cachar district reported 48 new cases, while Assam’s government count increased by 1,665 cases on Wednesday, with a positivity rate of 2.68 percent. The state currently has 9,048 active cases.
Faced with the escalating outbreak, the government on Tuesday implemented a series of restrictive measures including an order to close all markets, shops and restaurants by 6pm in the state.