New Delhi: In a shocking incident that has sent the airport and airlines officials into a tizzy, a West Bengal man who travelled from Delhi to Kolkata via Guwahati was carrying his COVID-19 positive report in his pocket and on arrival in Kolkata insisted on being sent to a quarantine centre. As the officials did not agree as he did not have any symptoms, he produced the COVID-19 report and said, ‘See, this is my COVID-19 result report.” Also Read - Hong Kong Again Bars Air India Flights Over Covid Cases
According to reports, he is a resident of North 24 Parganas. The incident has shown the chinks in the armour of all COVID surveillance in airports, mobile applications etc. Also Read - Israel to start human trials of COVID vaccine on Nov 1
Since West Bengal has barred all flights coming in from Delhi, the man flew to Guwahati and took a flight to West Bengal from Guwahati. On arrival, his temperature was checked. It was normal. But he insisted that he had a cough and so he must be sent to a quarantine centre. The officials checked his temperature again. It was normal again, reports said. The officials also told him that he might have a cough for some different reason. Then the man produced the result of his COVID-19 test in which he tested positive. Also Read - MI vs CSK IPL 2020: Will Josh Hazlewood, Sam Curran be Available For Selection Amid COVID Protocols, SOP's?
Officials have been pressed into contact tracing as he travelled in two flights to reach Kolkata from Delhi. It has been found out that two days before he boarded the Guwahati flight from Delhi, he tested positive — the information that he suppressed. “Maybe while he booked the tickets, he was not aware of his COVID-19, but when he boarded the plane, he was aware. A self-declaration form has to be filled in which he must have lied about his test,” an airport official said.
Also, once can’t board a plane without having the Aarogya Setu app installed in his or her phone. Questions are being raised as to how the person dodged all these checkpoints and managed to travel from Dehi to Kolkata.