BMC’s Help Desk At BPIA For RTPCR, RAT Tests Due Mutant COVID-19 Strain In UK


India has recently witnessed a drop in the Coronavirus cases, but a new mutation of COVID-19 virus strains in the United Kingdom has become a ‘Super-Spreader’ with around 70 percent increased transmissibility rate.

As per the reports, the mutated strain of COVID-19 has not been found yet in India. But the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already set up a help desk at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here to take care of the situation.

The Assistant Commissioner of BMC informed through a press note that a help desk and RAT test camp had been set up for the passengers. Even new guidelines have been made where passengers returning or having a travel history from the United Kingdom within 14 days need to go for an RTPCR Test if not having negative RTPCR test report after arriving India in any other domestic airport. Now along with the RTPCR facility, the RAT facility will also be available.

Even the new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been implemented at the BPIA. This was done because many international flight destinations are connected here. The State Health Secretary issued an advisory to both BPIA and Jharsuguda Airport authorities regarding the current scenario and be alert for any emergency.

The UK mutation has enhanced the transmissibility rate of the virus, and 70 percent transmissibility rate has increased, which has to lead to making it a ‘Super-Spreader.’  England has re-imposed the lockdown, whereas most of the European countries have banned international flights because of the mutation strains.

Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty

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