New Delhi, September 6
The COVID-19 testing facility on the Delhi worldwide airport will initially deal with as much as 2,500 samples per day in mid-September and if required, the capability can later be ramped as much as 15,000 samples per day, a high official of Genestrings Diagnostic Center said.
The Delhi Airport International Limited (DIAL) on Friday had mentioned it had arrange a COVID-19 testing facility on the multi-level automobile parking space of Terminal 3, in collaboration with Genestrings Diagnostic Center, for arriving worldwide passengers who must take connecting home flights.
“We’ve equipped the lab to handle up to 2,500 samples per day in the initial days. We’re ready to quickly ramp-up our testing capacity multiple folds of up to 15,000 tests per day in this 3,500-sq ft facility,” mentioned Dr Rajat Arora, director, Genestrings Diagnostic Center.
The check will price a passenger Rs 2,400, as mandated by the Delhi authorities, he instructed PTI.
“DIAL and GMR management are working closely with the Ministry of Health to establish this standard operating procedure which will be well-defined before commencing the lab operations, mid-September,” Arora famous.
GMR group-led DIAL operates and maintains the Delhi worldwide airport.
“Unlike quite a few tests on arrival facilities across the globe, there are two key differentiators that we have brought about here at India’s first on-arrival testing lab at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA),” Arora famous.
“Firstly, this is not just a collection centre but rather an actual testing facility had been created on-site at the airport. Secondly, we’ve given a time commitment of reporting within six hours of sample collection which is going to be one of the fastest anywhere in the world for RT-PCR tests,” he defined.
Arora mentioned the corporate can be offering passengers with the choice of on-line reserving and fee to minimise “touch transactions which may otherwise lead to further transmission of the infection”.
The Civil Aviation Ministry had on Wednesday mentioned worldwide passengers, who needed to take connecting home flights after touchdown in India, would have the choice of getting themselves examined for COVID-19 on the entry airports.
If the RT-PCR check result’s unfavourable, the worldwide passenger can be allowed to board his or her connecting home flight and she or he is not going to must bear any institutional quarantine, the Ministry’s order mentioned.
An worldwide passenger who doesn’t have a COVID-negative end result certificates from a check achieved no more than 96 hours previous to the journey, and doesn’t go for an on-arrival testing facility on the entry airport, must compulsorily bear seven-day institutional quarantine adopted by seven-day residence quarantine.
On August 2, the Union Health Ministry had mentioned if a world passenger has a unfavourable end result from an RT-PCR check achieved 96 hours previous to the journey, she or he is not going to must bear institutional quarantine in India. PTI