It is mandatory to all returnees will have to sustain seven-day institutional quarantine
On Wednesday 6th may 2019, the government of kerala announce that they are preparing to receive the people of kerala who stuck in covid -19 hit countries. Because of lockdown in most of the countries the non-resident Keralites along with some tourist are unable to return their homes.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the first two flights were likely to land in Kochi and Kozhikode from Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively on Thursday.
The State is on high alert and has geared itself up to receive them. Officers in the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police would monitor the disembarkation process at airports. They would transfer the arrivals into mandatory institutional quarantine for seven days. Pregnant women and children have been exempted from the regulation. The police would escort them to home in designated vans and make sure they go into safe-isolation.
The police would not allow any person to receive or welcome the returnees. Mr. Vijayan requested the media to refrain from interviewing Non-Residential Keralites (NoRKs) on their arrival. Thousands would trickle into the State steadily as air and sea travel picks up. Many in the U.S., U.K. and Europe were awaiting return. Air India pilots and cabin crew of the flight departing from Kochi on Thursday to bring back stranded NRIs from abroad were provided training in infection control practices at Government Medical College, Ernakulam. All crew members were also subjected to Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19. An expert panel at the medical college trained the crew in keeping away infection that included steps regarding donning and doffing Personal.
Protective Equipment (PPE) suits, infection control practices to be followed in flight as well as the management of health emergencies during flight. Meanwhile, Health Minister K.K. Shylaja said the Health Department has been well-prepared to provide the best of medical care and protection to the Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKs) right from the time they land at the airports in the State.In an official statement issued here on Wednesday, Ms. Shylaja said all activities were being coordinated around the four international airports in the State. Separate health applications (apps) have been developed for passengers alighting in each of the airports. Details of those who have registered through Non-Resident Keralites Affairs (NoRKA) were available in the app and through QR code details. Each passenger could be traced and followed up.
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