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False alarm: Now, 297 flyers from Italy test negative

Investigation reveals tests were done with defective kits

False alarm: Now, 297 flyers from Italy test negative

Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport in Amritsar. file photo

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8

A probe has found that the 297 flyers from Italy who were tested on arrival were “false positive” as they were tested with defective kits at Amritsar on arrival.

Retesting ordered

The Government of India wishes to determine the positivity status of the 297 passengers, who are now in various districts. After their retesting, their flight-wise status report is to be compiled and sent to the department. — Dr GB Singh, Director Health Services\

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  • Three family members of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi have tested positive for Covid, a health official said. The CM has tested negative
  • Mohali Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur said CM’s wife Kamaljit Kaur, their son Navjit Singh and daughter-in-law Simrandheer Kaur tested positive and were in home isolation with mild symptoms

Now, the Health Department has started retesting the “infected” passengers.

According to sources, the fact came to the fore after the Health Department’s examination found testing kits to be defective on Friday. The testing at the Amritsar airport was being done by a laboratory functioning under the supervision of the airport authority.

Following this, Director Health Services Dr GB Singh sent a note to all districts regarding false reporting of the cases.

In a communication, all Deputy Commissioners, in whose districts the “infected” passengers were sent from Amritsar for home isolation and quarantine, were asked to note that the rapid testing kits at the Amritsar airport were defective.

“The Government of India now wishes to determine the positivity status of these passengers, who are now in various districts. So, their retesting and status report is to be compiled, flight-wise, and sent to the department,” the order said.

Apart from this, the Amritsar Deputy Commissioner has been asked to coordinate with all Deputy Commissioners concerned.

“A report is to be sent to the Government of India as soon as possible. Please try to get it done so that a final report can be sent tomorrow,” the communication said.

Dr Singh said after the department’s report found that the testing kits were defective, the airport authority had changed the lab as well.

Significantly, when the passengers arrived at Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, Raja Sansi, from Italy, they tested positive. The infected passengers were asked to quarantine in a local hospital according to the guidelines of the government.

However, they refused to go to the government isolation centres and claimed that they had already undergone the RT-PCR test before boarding the flight.

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