New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday informed that two Indians repatriated from Gulf countries on May 7 tested positive for COVID-19. “Two foreign returnees have tested positive for coronavirus in the state. One is from Dubai and arrived at Kozhikode, and the other came from Abu Dhabi to Kochi”, said the Chief Minister. Also Read - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Counting on Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford to Boost Manchester United's Season Run on Premier League Return
Kerala has total 505 positive cases. Besides, 23,596 people were under observation at their homes, and 334 at different hospitals. “We have 207 state-run and 125 private hospitals. 27 hospitals have been kept ready to be turned into full-time Covid-19 hospitals. No country has come out of the this as everyday fresh cases are being reported,” said Vijayan. Also Read - Richa Chadha Opens up on Wedding Preparations With Ali Fazal, Says 'Will Take Call Only When Normalcy Returns'
Talking about returnees, Vijayan said,”We are doing this because we just can’t afford a community spread. At present, passes have been issued who come in their own vehicles. We are trying for a train from Delhi and preference will be to students. Trains are being planned from other major cities also.” Also Read - 'Will Defeat Coronavirus Under CM Thackeray's Leadership': Maharashtra Minister Raut Slams Centre, BJP | Watch
He also stated that all Keralites returning from other states would be put in 14-day home quarantine.
“Kerala’s home quarantine protocol has been very effective. Hence top health expert B. Iqbal suggested that in the present context it would be best that those who arrive from within the country and having no symptoms be home quarantined,” said Vijayan.
The repatriation exercise was part of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, to bring back Indian nationals stranded from abroad amid the international travel lockdown over the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
(With agency inputs)