On Tuesday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he has written to the Prime Minister that beginning back Indians who are stranded abroad, may worsen the situation by increasing the virus spread.
“The people are being brought back without testing whether they have corona virus or not. This is very dangerous. There are 200 people in a flight. If one or two have the virus – this can be very dangerous for the country,” the Chief Minister said.
“Unfortunate that internationally followed protocols are not being followed. Have written to PM that those being brought back should be tested before the travel,” he added
Hundreds of thousands of Indians stranded abroad will be brought back by air and sea from Thursday in the world’s largest evacuation mission. Over months due to the coronavirus they left stranded. More than 1.9 lakh Indians have requested to come back at home.
Indians who will take special flights will have to pay Rs 50,000 from Europe and Rs 1 lakh from the US. India is going to deploy commercial jets, naval warships and military transport planes to bring back hundreds of thousands of citizens stranded across the world.
Indians who are stranded in West Asia and Maldives will also get back by naval warships. Pinarayi Vijayan said doctors and paramedical staff will be there in the airport for detailed checking of the returned passengers.
All of them will have to maintain the quarantines at home if they have any symptoms. As per reports, they will be quarantined to government facilities directly from the airport. Kerala was the first state to report COVID-19 cases but the state handled the crisis in an effective way. More than 460 people have already recovered in the state from the deadly virus while 37 patents are being treated in hospitals.