BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi where he had mentioned that it would be dangerous to bring back Indians who are stranded abroad without testing them. This would only help in spreading the coronavirus.
In the letter the CM also expressed concerns that if among the people being brought back is have the virus, it can be dangerous for the country. However, the CM also said that around 2,250 persons were expected to arrive Kerala by air within five days and three ships were also expected to arrive. They will be kept in government quarantine for a week.
Meanwhile, CM Vijayan informed that the curve has flattened and there are no new hotspots. Also, three new cases were reported on Tuesday.
#COVID19 Update | May 5
3 new cases.
No recoveries reported today.
Active cases at 37.
📍 No new hotspots
👥21,342 are under observation
🧪 33,800 samples tested; 33,265 -ve
🔎 2512 samples covered in sentinel surveillance pic.twitter.com/Lw47vmD6PF
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) May 5, 2020
#COVID19 Update | May 4
Well, the curve has flattened.
No new cases.
Active cases down at 34.
📍No new hotspots
👥21,724 under observation
🧪 33,010 samples tested; 32,315 -ve
🔎 2431 samples covered in sentinel surveillance pic.twitter.com/fxmJuXOPjo
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) May 4, 2020
Hundreds of thousands of Indians stranded abroad because of the coronavirus crisis will be brought back by air and by sea from Thursday in the world’s largest evacuation mission, the Centre said.
More than 1,90,000 Indians have requested a flight home. Those taking the special flights will be charged around Rs 50,000 from Europe and Rs 1 lakh from the US. Naval warships will also set out for Indians stuck in West Asia and the Maldives. This is the biggest exercise since national airline Air India flew back 1,70,000 during the first Gulf War.