K'taka govt seeks DGCA's permission to screen passengers

K'taka govt seeks DGCA's permission to screen passengers

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Bengaluru, Mar 18 : To arrest the spread of Novel Coronavirus, the state government has sought the permission from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), to screen every passenger coming from domestic flights into the state, Health Minister B Sreeramulu told the Karnataka Assembly on Wednesday.

In reply to a discussion on the outbreak of COVID-19 across the state, Mr Sreeramulu informed the House that on the line of the protocol being practiced on the arrival of passengers from International flights, it was decided to follow suit on the domestic flights. Stating that all measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the killer virus, he said ''Everybody, including the medical and para medical staff, apart from the district and taluk administration, have taken the disease as a challenge and treating it as a war-like situation, making the best of efforts to tackle it.''

Testing facilities are being set up in Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Ballari, Mangaluru and Shivamoggga, he added. Earlier, raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Assembly, Congress members, including Dr Ajay Singh, Priyank Kharge and others, drew the attention of the House towards the possible havoc the disease has potential to wreak on the state. Both the members also appealed to the state government to further intensify the efforts to prevent it from causing higher damage to the people in the state. (UNI)