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Two stranded Indians brought back to Kerala tests positive for Covid19

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Two among the 363 Indians who were brought back from Abu Dhabi and Dubai via special non-scheduled Air India flights that landed in Kerala have tested positive for Covid19, the state government said on Saturday. One of the infected patients is being treated in Kozhikode, while the other is under treatment in Kochi. With this the new cases in the state have touched 505, with 17 people still in hospital. The state has seen four deaths due to the disease which is one of the lowest in the country.

The Indians were brought back as part of the Centre’s planned repatriation of stranded citizens. The repatriation is being carried out in a phased manner which began from May 7 through flights and naval ships. Kerala will have the highest number of flights landing in India with stranded Indians. A substantial number of Keralites live and work in the Gulf countries and over 3 lakh have registered to return home.

As per the guidelines, all those who are being brought back have to mandatorily undergo antibody tests at respective points of departure. Multi-level screenings have also been set up and they have to undergo a seven-day government quarantine on arrival as well.