Odisha sets up Help Desk at Bhubaneswar Airport for UK Passengers

The Odisha government has set up a help desk at the arrival terminal of the Biju Patnaik International Airport. This comes after the authorities were asked to strictly adhere to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Union Health Ministry for mandatory screening of passengers with travel history to the United Kingdom (UK).

Even though there are no international flights to Bhubaneswar currently, the desk has been set up to assist transit passengers coming from the UK, said Gautam Ray, General Manager of Biju Patnaik International Airport.

“We have made arrangements for testing and extended our full support to the travellers”, Ray added.

India has suspended all flights from the UK till December 31, 2020. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has informed the public on December 20 about the new variant of coronavirus which was found in the UK.

Meanwhile, the state has seen a recent COVID-19 positive case of a patient with a travel history to the UK. A 34-year-old man, who returned from the United Kingdom on December 18th, has tested positive for the virus and is hospitalised in the state capital. However, it is yet to be ascertained whether this is a case of the new variant of coronavirus.

“The man tested positive in a private laboratory. He was shifted to a government-sponsored COVID hospital”, a BMC official said, adding that he has mild flu-like symptoms. The confirmatory test for the new variant will be done through the RMRC (regional medical research centre of IMRC), Bhubaneswar.

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