Omicron scare: Assam worries about 500 international flyers reaching state

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Some 170 internal passengers were scheduled to enter Kamrup (metropolitan) district since December 1
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Guwahati: Amidst the growing concern for Omicron virus in the country, some 500 international travelers who were scheduled to reach Assam have posed as a worry for the state health department.

According to the Air Suvidha portal, from December 1, around 500 Assam-bound passengers have landed in India and were on transit to Assam. However, no correct data was available on how many of them have already entered the state.

Amongst those international travelers, a significant number of passengers were to come from the UK. Some were also scheduled to arrive from countries like South Africa, Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

Sources in the health department said, “Some 170 internal passengers were scheduled to enter Kamrup (metropolitan) district since December 1. Some of them were set to go to Barak Valley from here too.”

Sources at the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport informed that some 30 international passengers, who arrived at the Guwahati airport on Monday, tested negative. Another 10 passengers who arrived at the airport on Tuesday also tested negative.

However, there was no specific data available with the state health department for other airports like Dibrugarh and Silchar.

On Sunday, Assam government had issued a revised standard operating procedure (SOP) in the wake of the Omicron threat and made it mandatory for all international passengers arriving in the state from ‘at high risk’ countries to undergo testing and a weeklong home quarantine if tested negative.

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