COVID resurgence scare: Odisha keeps eye on passengers coming from 12 states

Bhubaneswar:  Amidst the COVID resurgence scare,  Odisha Government is keeping a check on passengers returning from 12 states through both airways and railways.

While screening of passengers has already begun at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), screening centres will be set up at Bhubaneswar Railway Station by this evening or tomorrow.

Briefing mediapersons, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said three to four screening centres will be set up at entry and exit points of Bhubaneswar Railway Station by this evening or tomorrow.

Screening of passengers coming from 12 states: Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Delhi, Punjab, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Chandigarh  will mandatorily be held at the railway station. Passengers showing any COVID-19 symptom will have to undergo antigen test at the station, he added.

However, no such decision has been taken for bus stands, he added.

Meanwhile, BPIA Director Varudu Venkateswara Rao said passengers coming from the 12 COVID-hit states are being screened at the airport on their arrival. Those showing symptoms will be kept in isolation, he added.

” Every day, around 4,000 passengers from others states are coming to Odisha. Around 32  flights are flying from and to Bhubaneswar Airport per day,” he added.

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