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Pune: Soon, screenings at stations, highways and bus stands

The measure is meant to ensure that those with travel history to the 11 worst-affected countries, who enter the city via road or train, are not missed out in the screening process.

Pune | Published: March 20, 2020 1:00:25 pm
Pune: Soon, screenings at stations, highways and bus stands Employee scans a customer with a thermometer gun at Dmart retail grocery shop at NIBM Annex in the wake of COVID-19 threat on Tuesday. (Express photo by Arul Horizon)

Written by Ajay Jadhav

Intensifying its efforts to check the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the city, the Pune district administration has decided to conduct screenings at railway stations, express highways, national highways and state transport bus stands. The measure is meant to ensure that those with travel history to the 11 worst-affected countries, who enter the city via road or train, are not missed out in the screening process.

Pune has reported 19 positive COVID-19 cases till now.

“We will be getting 50 thermal scanners to screen citizens entering the city limits. Teams will be set up at entry points, including railway stations, highways and state transport bus stands. Those with travel history will be screened by the teams and then referred to the hospital based on the screening report,” said Deepak Mhaisekar, divisional commissioner of Pune.

He said there have been reports that people with travel history to the listed countries have been landing at airports in other cities and then taking road, trains or domestic flight to reach Pune, or pass through the city. “If passengers land at some other airport, and enter the city by domestic flights, railways or via road, then the screening process should not miss them,” said Mhaisekar.

The Pune divisional commissioner said all passengers landing at the city airport in flights coming from Dubai – the only international connection the airport has – will be quarantined from now. “There will be compulsory quarantine for passengers from Dubai. As many as 190 passengers arrive in a day and we are planning a quarantine facility for 2,800 persons near the airport,” he said.

Mhaisekar said tour and travel companies have also been directed to submit the travel history of customers who have recently arrived from a foreign tour, so that they can undergo a medical check-up.

Mhaisekar said inter-state public transport has also been reduced, and 1,245 buses cancelled on Thursday. “There has been outgoing of 12,000 and incoming of 5,000 state transport buses in the city,” he said.

Railways has also cut down its services, with only 68 of 110 trains continuing to ply through Pune.

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