2 Indians flown back from Gulf test corona positive says CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Two Indians, who were among the 363 brought back from Abu Dhabi and Dubai via special Air India flights that landed in Kerala on Thursday, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said during his daily press briefings
Thiruvananthapuram: Two Indians, who were among the 363 brought back from Abu Dhabi and Dubai via special Air India flights that landed in Kerala on Thursday, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said during his daily press briefings.
One of the infected individuals is being treated in Kozhikode, while the second is receiving treatment in Kochi, the government added.The new cases have taken the number of coronavirus cases in the state to 505, with 17 people now in hospital.
Four deaths have been linked to the virus and 484 have been successfully treated and discharged from hospitals. Vijayan said that while the state had been successful in containing the COVID-19 virus so far, it must ready itself for a possible third wave of infection linked to the arrival of repatriated Indians, of whom hundreds are expected to touch down in the southern state.
In addition to Air India flights from the Gulf region, 698 Indians are being transported from the Maldives to Kochi via Indian Navy warship INS Jalashwa.
Thousands more are expected to return to the country over the next few days, with Air India scheduled to operate 64 paid flights between May 7 and May 13, and the Indian Navy conducting similar exercises on water.
The state government has demanded that everyone being brought back must be tested for COVID-19 before repatriation and go through multi-level screenings, including thermal checks, on arrival in India.
Those that land in Kerala will also be required to go through a seven-day government quarantine on arrival and take a RT-PCR test (a more accurate test that must return negative) before spending a further seven days in home quarantine.