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A harrowing experience: Quarantine facilities in India not up to the mark in the view
New Delhi: Ambuj Puri (name changed) along with his four friends landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport from Paris early on Monday morning. After experiencing a harrowing time at the airport, waiting to be screened, Puri said they were taken in a bus packed with other passengers who had travelled overseas.

We were told that we will be quarantined at an isolation facility although I did not have flu-like symptoms. The bus packed with many other people who came from Spain and France left for the quarantine facility at Dwarka,” the 23-year-old told ET over the phone. What was waiting for them after an hour’s bus ride was a far cry from the videos that Puri and the others had seen of similar quarantine facilities in Sicily where an entire neighbourhood was seen singing Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s qawwali in unison. Unlike in Barcelona, there was no pianist to spread cheer either.

The unhygienic or inhospitable conditions of Dwarka soon became viral on social media sites as passengers shot videos and started uploading them to highlight the collective plight. “We are more than 40 people with only three washrooms and five large bed rooms. They want us to stay sanitised and this is what they give us. Guys this is a major concern. This way India cannot contain coronavirus, only will get more cases,” another person tweeted.

This person said she landed at the Delhi airport at 1 am on March 16 from Spain. “I am subject to the 14-day quarantine at a govt facility in Dwarka police training school. I won’t say anything I just give some videos of our *sanitised* accommodation,” she tweeted.

On Wednesday, ET reported about the experience by some passengers who left without proper testing in Mumbai.

These passengers had flown to Mumbai from Frankfurt on Air India flight AI124 on Monday.
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