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‘Negative’ flyers from UK, West Asia test positive on arrival

HYDERABAD: At a time when Telangana is on high alert with neighbouring Maharashtra fighting a new Covid wave, officials at Hyderabad’s airport said dozens of travellers from West Asia, arriving with negative Covid reports, are testing positive here, reports Sudipta Sengupta.
Multiple such cases are being reported every day — some even among flyers from the United Kingdom — sources at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport said, hinting at the high possibility of passengers procuring fake RT-PCR reports before boarding flights.
“Another possibility is the quick mutation of certain variants of the virus. In such cases, negative people might turn Covid-positive, even within 72 hours. But chances of that are slim,” said a senior official and an expert on Covid-19 management.

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