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7-day home quarantine made compulsory for all international passengers arriving in Kerala

The Kerala government has said all international travellers will be subject to compulsory 7-day home quarantine. On the eighth day, they will have to undergo an RT-PCR test.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: January 7, 2022 6:33:27 pm
The decision was taken considering the fact that a major chunk of Omicron cases reported in Kerala had travelled from countries reckoned as low-risk. (PTI/File)

Amid rising Omicron cases in Kerala, the government on Friday decided to make seven-day home quarantine compulsory for all international passengers arriving in the state. On the eighth day, they would have to undergo the RT-PCR test.

The decision to make seven-day home quarantine mandatory for all international travelers was taken considering the fact that a major chunk of Omicron cases reported in Kerala had traveled from countries reckoned as low-risk.

Health minister Veena George said that of the 280 Omicron cases reported so far in Kerala, 186 of the infected came from low-risk countries, whereas 64 had traveled from high-risk countries. Besides, 30 others got infected through contact.

She said all passengers from high-risk countries would have to undergo RT-PCR test on their arrival at the airports. Even if the test reports come negative, they would still have to go for strict home quarantine for seven days and subsequently again undergo RT-PCR test on the eighth day. Besides, the samples of those testing positive for Covid-19 at the airports, samples of 20 per cent of passengers from low-risk countries would be sent for genome sequencing, she said.

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