Delhi's IGI becomes first Indian airport to have on-site Covid test lab
Who is it for?
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport is now the first airport in the country to have an on-site testing lab for Covid 19. It is meant for all incoming international passengers.
Where is it located?
DIAL has collaborated with Genestrings Diagnostic Centre, a Delhi-based laboratory, which is currently associated with Delhi government to test COVID-19 samples. It is built in 3500 square meter area at multi-level car parking (MLCP) of Terminal 3 of the airport.
All arriving international passengers have to go through the test. Passengers can though book slots to avoid being held up in queues. Results of samples collected at the laboratory will be declared within 4-6 hours to the incoming passengers. Until the results are confirmed, passengers will be isolated at the waiting lounge or may opt to stay in a hotel.
What if they are Covid+
In case of a positive result, the passenger will be processed in line with applicable ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) protocols by the State authorities. This will help the authorities concerned to avoid passengers affected with the disease from coming in close contact with those already having RT-PCR negative report. Those testing negative can continue their onward journey.
What's the cost
As per a report of Hindustan Times, the lab is equipped to take 2500 samples per day and it will charge Rs 5,000 which will also cover a passenger’s stay, food and beverages at the lounge till the time the results are out.