A last-minute revision of coronavirus testing and isolation rules, including seven days’ mandatory institutional quarantine even for those with negative RT-PCR tests, led to chaos at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport on Friday, with passengers complaining that the changes had taken them by surprise and left dozens – many with infants – scrambling to find solutions.
Several took to Twitter to highlight grievances and the situation, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in their messages.
“There is total chaos right now. We are inside a lounge… lots of security staff outside. We are being treated like we are in a cage… and hotels are trying to make this a business by offering deals for quarantine. We took our flight yesterday… there were no such guidelines,” Sourav Dutta, one of hundreds who have been stuck inside the airport for hours, told NDTV.
Mr Dutta added that he had paid GBP 200 (around ₹ 20,000) for a RT-PCR test (which returned a negative result) in London and Air India accepted the test result at boarding.
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