Thursday, March 12, 2020

Kerala Assembly adopts resolution against Centre's circular for Indians from COVID-19 hit nations

Thiruananthapuram: The Kerala Assembly on Thursday passed a unanimous resolution against the Centre's circular barring the return of Indians from coronavirus-hit countries such as Italy unless they produce a certificate that proves they have tested negative for the infection.

The resolution moved by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the circular was "inhuman" and was akin to "cruelly abandoning" the expatriate Indians.

Vijayan had on Tuesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to withdraw the circular issued by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The circular stipulated that people "travelling from or having visited Italy or South Korea" and desirous of entering India "need to obtain certificates of having tested negative for COVID-19" from the designated laboratories authorised by the health authorities of those countries.

"Because of this circular the Indians, including Keralites, are unable to board any flight even with a confirmed ticket. This is creating great difficulties to them. We came to know from the central government that there were no much facilities in Italy for the medical examination of all those stranded there," Vijayan said in the resolution.

The Chief Minister further said the foreign authorities were not ready to test people without symptoms as they were already overloaded with patients.
12/03/20 PTI/New Indian Express
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