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Delhi govt registers FIR against 4 airlines for not checking RT-PCR report of passengers

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The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government in New Delhi filed a complaint against four major airlines for failing to check the RT-PCR test reports of passengers arriving in the national capital from Maharashtra.

The stringent move was taken against Indigo, Air Asia, Spicejet and Vistara under the Disaster Management Act. The airlines, however, are yet to react to the development.

The Delhi government had last week announced that it will be mandatory for anyone travelling to Delhi from Maharashtra to carry a negative RT-PCR report dated 72 hours prior to arrival. Travellers without a negative report will be placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days, it had said.

“The cases have been registered against four airlines for not checking RT-PCR test reports of passengers coming to Delhi from Maharashtra,” a Delhi government source said.

FIR against 2 private hospitals in Delhi

The government has also registered FIRs against two private hospitals in the city for providing “false” information about availability of beds on an official app, according to sources.

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The Delhi CM had on Saturday warned hospitals of strict action if they are found giving wrong information or turning away coronavirus patients despite showing the availability of beds on the Delhi government app.

COVID-19 situation in Delhi

The fresh spike in COVID-19 infections and death has wreaked havoc in the national capital with the queue outside hospitals and crematoriums getting longer with each passing day. Delhi has reported over 25,000 cases in a day—the highest since the pandemic began last year.

Earlier during the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal raised an alarm citing that less than 100 ICU beds are vacant in the national capital.

Notably, Delhi has reported 8.27 lakh cases of the viral infection so far and 11,960 deaths. Over 165 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. There are nearly 70,000 active cases of the virus in Delhi.

 

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