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Hoax bomb threat jolts Delhi airport: officials tighten up scrutiny

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Six international flights got cancelled at Delhi and Bangalore airport owing to threat calls made within a span of ten minutes on Saturday.

According to reports, Delhi had to call back two flights when they were about to exit the Indian air space. Further, a third flight was stopped from approaching the runway immediately after a call was received at the Gurgaon call centre of Delhi International Airport limited (DIAL).

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As stated by the security officials, the threat call warned of bombs on three flights. Two of the three flights were Hong Kong bound and the third was Zurich bound. A high level bomb threat committee looked into the threat call and declared the threat as specific, according to a statement made by an official of CISF( Central Industrial Security Force).

Both the flights bound to Hong Kong were asked by the air traffic control to withdraw and taken to the isolation bay and the Zurich bound flight was taken to another bay from the runaway.

The bomb disposal squad of the CiSF did a thorough checking of the escorted passengers and removed baggage from the cabins of the concerned flights, said a CISF official, as reported in Hindustan Times.

It was for the first time that the three isolation bays of the Delhi airport were put to use simultaneously; the bays had been constructed to take planes with explosives in them. The hoax bomb alerts acted as a litmus test for the CISF officials deputed with the duty to look over the security of the airport.

The CISF staff took around four hours to declare that the call was hoaxed after a proper scrutiny of the flights and frisking of the passengers. Hoax callers should be penalized thoroughly as it consumes a lot of time and over 600 passengers were subjected to precarity owing to the same, said an airport official as quoted in the leading daily.

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The advisory also said that children with mild illness but with predisposing risk factors, pregnant women, persons aged 65 years or older, patients with lung diseases, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease etc.

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As many as 1,011 cases of swine flu (H1N1) were reported from various hospitals in the national capital till Sunday, according to a data released by the government on Monday.

Although the government data does not report any deaths due to H1N1, some city hospitals claim that 11 persons died last month due to the infection.

In entire 2018, only 205 H1N1 cases and two deaths were reported.

Till January 29, the number of cases were 512.

The Delhi government has directed all its hospitals to make local purchases of logistics required to ensure a continuous supply of medicine, vaccine and kits.

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“All government hospitals are equipped with the necessary logistics required for the management of Seasonal Influenza A (H1N1),” the government said in a statement.

A health advisory has also been issued in both Hindi and English by the Delhi’s Directorate General of Health Services, it said.

According to the advisory, Seasonal Influenza (H1N1) is a self-limiting air-borne viral, and the disease spreads from person to person through coughing and sneezing, indirect contact by touching a contaminated object or surface, and close contact including handshakes, hugging and kissing.

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“The symptoms include fever and cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and difficulty in breathing. Other symptoms may include body-ache, headache, fatigue, chills, diarrhea and vomiting, and blood-stained sputum,” it said.

The advisory also said that children with mild illness but with predisposing risk factors, pregnant women, persons aged 65 years or older, patients with lung diseases, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer and HIV/AIDS, patients on long-term cortisone therapy are under the high-risk group. (IANS)