New Delhi: Following a sudden uptick in the number of cases after Kerala managed to flatten the COVID1-18 curve, the Kerala Government has now made COVID-19 negative certificates mandatory from June 20 for Non-Resident Keralites in the Middle East. taking chartered flights to the state, a decision which drew flak from the opposition Congress-led UDF. Also Read - Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Wife Aaliya Siddiqui Reveals Shocking Things About The Actor – Read Here

The government has requested the Indian Ambassadors in the Middle East to inform it of the testing infrastructure, cost and protocols available in the Gulf, NORKA (Non-Resident Keralites Affairs) Principal Secretary Dr K Ellangovan, told PTI. Also Read - Haryana Lockdown News: Shutdown to be Imposed in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonipat | Check Details

A private airline had insisted on the certificates, he said. Also Read - JKP vs HSG Dream11 Team Hints, ECS T10 Gothenburg: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips Jonkoping CA vs Hisingen CC Match 8 in Kviberg at 7:30 PM IST Tuesday July 14

“The danger is if an infected person comes in the flight, he/she will infect all the co-passengers.

Only after we understand the views of the ambassadors will a decision be taken”, he said.

Ellangovan said COVID-19 cases were increasing in Kerala and about 89 per cent of those infected were those who had returned from abroad.

“So we have to take precautions for the health of the people of the state,” he added.

The new move, however, has drawn flak.

Hitting out at the government, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said it is “strange” that the LDF government, which had passed aresolution in the assembly against the Centre for insisting on Covid negative certificates, had now taken a similar decision, and demanded that it be re-considered.

The Kerala Assembly had on March 12 passed a unanimous resolution against the Union government’s circular barring the return of Indians from coronavirus-hit countries such as Italy unless they produced a certificate that proves they have tested negative for the infection.

The resolution moved by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said the circular was “inhuman” and was akin to “cruelly abandoning” expatriate Indians.

“There was no such stipulation for those returning by flights of the Vande Bharat mission and the decision is likely to cause immense hardships”, Chennithala said.

Most of the NRKs returning had lost their jobs and were able to come back to the state following help from various quarters, he said, adding that insisting on the certificates would further create problems for them.