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States announce mandatory quarantine for domestic passengers as flights set to resume from Monday

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A day before the Centre plans to resume domestic flights, confusion prevails over whether passengers will have to undergo quarantine at destination states or not. Some states have also expressed reservation at the decision to resume flights even as India reports a surge in Covid19 numbers.

Maharashtra, one of the worst affected states, has called the move ill-advised. Home Minister Anil Deshmukh tweeted: “Mere thermal scanning of passengers inadequate w/o swabs. Impossible to have autos/cabs/buses ply in current circumstances. Adding a positive passenger will add Covid stress to the red zone.”

Maharashtra has continued to ban all domestic and international air travel, except for domestic medical services and air ambulance upto May 31.

Tamil Nadu, which has recorded the second highest positive cases, has also urged the Centre not to resume air travel until May 31.

Several states have also said that they will quarantine domestic flight passengers even though the Civil Aviation Minister had said that domestic passengers needn’t be quarantined for the mandatory 14 days.

Kerala, is one of the states which has made it mandatory for all domestic flight passengers coming to the state to undergo home quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival. The state government also made it compulsory for such travellers to register their details on Covid19 at Jagratha portal after obtaining flight tickets.

Punjab too has said it will put domestic flight passengers under mandatory home quarantine for 14 days.

Karnataka said it will put domestic passengers flying in from six coronavirus-hit states across the country in institutional quarantine centres. Others will have to underdog home quarantine.