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First naval ship returns with 698 stranded Indians, docks at Cochin port

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The first naval ship carrying stranded Indians docked at Cochin Port on Sunday. INS Jalashwa, with 698 stranded Indians from Maldives arrived in Kerala. Three Indian Naval ships had been sent to rescue stranded Indians from Maldives and UAE. The ship began its journey on Friday night.

The repatriated Indians include 595 males, 103 females. Of this, 14 are children below 10 years and 19 are pregnant women.Most passengers are from Kerala and Tamil Nadu but there were also repatriates from 18 other states.

Officials said all passengers are being thermal screened and those showing Covid 19 symptoms are being disembarked first, followed by others in small groups, district-wise.

Arrangements for onward travel to hospitals or institutional quarantine centres and home quarantine have also been ensured by the state government. Earlier Kerala reported 2 positive cases among the over 300 who were repatriated by Air India flights. As of now it is not known if any of the disembarked people have so far tested positive or not. Kerala has been recording very few new cases recently with the total number of recoveries showing a surge.