Saturday, May 09, 2020

Two Indian nationals flown back from Gulf to Kerala test coronavirus positive

Two fresh cases of coronavirus were reported from Kerala on Saturday, both being foreign returnees who were among the expatriates airlifted by the Centre on Thursday, as part of its mission to bring back stranded Indians abroad.

One of the infected individuals is being treated in Kozhikode, while the other is receiving treatment in Kochi. They reached the state on May 7 in the Abu Dhabi- Kochi and Dubai-Kozhikode flights

This has taken the number of coronavirus cases in the state to 505, with 17 people now in hospital.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a press briefing, said more people non-resident Keralites (NRKs) would arrive and the state was ready with all arrangements in place.

"We have 207 state-run and 125 private hospitals. 27 hospitals have been kept ready to be turned into full-time COVID-19 hospitals," he added.

Air India is further scheduled to operate 64 paid flights between May 7 and May 13, and the Indian Navy conducting similar exercises on water.
09/05/20 Wion
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