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Airlines Failed To Check RT-PCR Reports Of Passengers; Delhi Government Files Cases

New Delhi:  The ongoing wave of the novel Coronavirus has again affected various states of India. Maharashtra has recorded the maximum number of cases and has been under lockdown since Thursday. While travel restrictions weren't imposed by the Delhi government for passengers from Maharashtra, a negative COVID-19 report was made compulsory for travelling to New Delhi.

This order was violated by four major airlines namely -

        IndiGo

        Vistara

        AirAsia

        Spicejet

FIR was filed against all the above mentioned airlines by the Delhi government on Sunday for not checking the RT-PCR reports of their respective passengers who travelled in from Maharashtra. "These are times of utter distress and lapses from these airlines can result in severe consequences", stated a Delhi government official.

The Delhi government who themselves are facing tragic times as the national capital is also under the attack of the virus, had made it compulsory to carry a negative RT-PCR report for passengers coming from Maharashtra. The report had to be a recent one not older than 72 hours.

The cases are against prominent airlines of India and have been filed under the Disaster Management Act. In response the IndiGo airline officials stated that they did not receive any FIR regarding the issue.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the people to be cautious and to practice Covid protocols strictly. Stringent measures like the night curfew and weekend lockdown were imposed earlier in the national capital.

Amongst various measures had also asked the passengers coming from Maharashtra to cooperate in a random sample collection for research purposes. The passengers would be allowed to exit after the collection.  Temperature checks and Thermal screening are also being practiced in all the airports across Delhi.