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UPDATE: This airport has screened 150,000+ passengers for COVID-19

Passenger screening at CSMIA - Coronavirus

The ongoing Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has created havoc across the world. Global markets have been hugely impacted by the spreading virus. The virus, which originated in People’e Republic of China, has spread across 100 countries. The death toll has reached 3900+ till date and total cases have surpassed 110,000 across the globe.

While the entire world is talking and taking precautions, a lot of active measures have been taken in the Aviation industry too. Passengers flying in from the affected countries to the non-affected countries need serious medical attention. Airports and airlines across the globe have taken all possible steps to avoid the spread of this virus.

CSMIA Mumbai’s COVID-19 Screening Statistics

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) is taking all the precautions to screen all international passengers, particularly those who are arriving from the virus affected countries. As of today, the airport’s medical team along with the help of MCGM Doctors have screened 147,703 passengers in total. Passengers from over 1280 international flights have been screened. Mumbai Airport, being the World’s Busiest Single Runway airport, has set up medical teams across 24 hours shift to screen passengers. As a precautionary measure, passengers and doctors, both have been alerted to wear masks even while screening passengers. Additionally, anyone suspected with the symptoms of the Corona virus are immediately quarantined. The affected passenger is then transferred using the airport ambulance to Kasturba Hospital for further evaluation.

The Airport Health Organization (APHO) has stationed 105 trained professionals to operate ten counters round the clock. 27 thermal stations have been deployed at the Mumbai Airport to screen passengers. As a process, all the international passengers flying in to CSMIA are supposed to fill up a self declaration form before disembarking from the flight. The same form must be handed over to the officials from APHO at the time of screening. Only if the passenger is not suspected, she or he is allowed to enter the immigration area. The airport also shares daily updates regarding the number of passengers screened on it’s Twitter handle which can be found below.

Last month, India’s National carrier, Air India, rescued Indians who had been stuck in Wuhan, China because of the major lockdown due to coronavirus. Read more about it in the link below.

Coronavirus: Air India Boeing 747 Rescue Flight to Wuhan

A few days ago, Indian Air Force rescued Indian’s from Iran using the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The Indian Government has started sharing a lot of information in order to stay and prevent the spread of this virus.

Important Update: Guidelines on Use of mask by public by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GOI

Picture credits: CSMIA Mumbai

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