June 19, 2021, 4:33 pm
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Upcountry Passengers with negative COVID-19 certificate test positive at airport

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Confirming that such cases had been noticed, a Union Health Ministry official said that the knowledge on positive cases was shared with the government .

Several international passengers who reach the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad are often found positive for the coronavirus when tested on arrival, despite carrying negative COVID-19 test reports, airport sources have revealed. Airport sources said those coming back from the Middle-East and therefore the uk are tested mandatorily, while passengers from countries like US, Singapore and Maldives are allowed to travel home if they carry a negative RT-PCR report of 72 hours.

Confirming that such cases are noticed, Union Health Ministry official Anuradha Medoju said that the knowledge on positive cases was shared with government officials for quarantining and other purposes.

“A few cases (of COVID-19 positive on arrival) are reported in spite of them carrying negative reports,” she told PTI. The official, however, said she doesn’t have details immediately on the amount of such passengers.

State health officials couldn’t be reached for his or her comments. While it had been doubted that some could be faking their test reports so as to travel, the airport sources said within the case of positive results on arrival, it might be thanks to the fast incubation of virus (during journey).

It was also possible that an individual may need tested negative for a few reasons before the journey despite them carrying the virus actually .

Meanwhile, with the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases in Telangana, the state’s daily count reached near 400, the very best this year, on Sunday. The state reported 394 cases during a 24-hour period, pushing the cumulative tally to three .03 lakh. The cases spiked in Greater Hyderabad, surrounding districts and other parts of the state.

In the limits of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the daily count climbed further to 81. Rangareddy district bordering the capital reported 64 new cases. Medchal Malkajgiri, another district adjacent to Hyderabad, registered 34 new cases.

The daily count in 11 other districts crossed the double-digit mark, indicating a pointy spread within the infection across the state. In contrast to things prevailing a couple of days ago, there was no district within the state with zero cases