Tribune News Service
Mohali, May 22
The first evacuation flight carrying 100 passengers from New York via New Delhi landed at the Mohali International Airport here on Friday afternoon.
Out of 100 passengers, 61 passengers belong to Punjab, 12 to Haryana, 16 to Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh 9 and two passengers belong to Uttarakhand.
Divulging details about the passengers from Punjab, Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said out of the 61 passengers from Punjab, five were from Mohlai, 10 from Amritsar, two from Bathinda, one each from Fatehgarh Sahib and Fazilka, three from Ferozepur, two from Gurdaspur, six from Hoshiarpur, five from Jalandhar, four from Kapurthala, seven from Ludhiana, one each from Pathankot, Sangrur, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Sri Muktsar Sahib and 11 from Patiala.
Girish Dayalan further elaborated that as per the health department protocol, all the passengers were subjected to medical screening with strict compliance with the social distancing norms and nobody was found symptomatic.
He also said the passengers hailing from the district would not be sent home as of now and would be kept under the quarantine at the various government facilities at hotels for 14 days as a precautionary measure.
Dayalan said that district administration had made arrangements and sent the passengers belonging to the other districts and the states to their respective districts and states where they would undergo quarantine period.
He also added that the next evacuation flight would land at the airport on 30th May from Ukraine.
Civil Surgeon Dr Manjit Singh, who led the health team, said that during the screening the health officials took utmost precaution and the passengers also maintained social distancing.
He informed that no passenger was suffering from fever, cough, cold etc and all were asymptomatic for coronavirus.
He further elaborated that all the passengers were also impressed upon by the Health Department teams deployed at the airport to take all health related precautions such as cover their face with masks, using hand sanitizers, washing hands as much as possible and observe social distancing guidelines.
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