Bengaluru Airport in chaos due to mandatory RT-PCR test

A lack of social distancing was seen as passengers rushed to the queue to take an RT-PCR test.

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New Delhi: A huge disarray was seen at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on Wednesday due to the new law implemented by the Union Government to counter the new Omicron variant of COVID19. Long queues were witnessed in the airport as new guidelines were initiated for all the international passengers arriving in India to get the RT-PCR test done. According to the reports, a lack of social distancing was seen as passengers rushed to the queue to take an RT-PCR test.

Several passengers took to their Twitter handles showing their reaction to the situation.

In an advisory, the Bengaluru airport stated, “There were a total of 1228 international passengers who arrived at Bengaluru airport from at-risk countries on December 1, between 12 am and 2 pm. Owing to a high volume of passengers who had to undergo RT-PCR testing, the service provider which operates the laboratory at Bengaluru airport experienced some delays today in processing test results.”

“In the coming days, the laboratory will be scaling up operations to cater to the increasing volume. We have made adequate seating arrangements for passengers to wait for RT-PCR results. Our teams have been extending all the necessary support to the COVID-19 testing laboratory and Government of Karnataka staff. We have been constantly working closely with all airlines and other stakeholders to minimise inconvenience to passengers. We appreciate your patience and understanding on this front.”

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