Kerala govt advises 7-day quarantine for NRI returnees

Kerala Health Minister Veena George
Kerala Health Minister Veena George

Thiruvananthapuram: The new guideline issued by the Kerala government has advised those coming from abroad to sit on quarantine at home even though there is no mandatory quarantine.

It would be most appropriate for them to stay back home for seven days under self-observation. Though there is no mandatory RT-PCR test for them on the eighth day, they are advised to conduct antigen tests.

RT-PCR tests on two per cent of passengers picked by the airlines will be conducted at the airports. The government will bear the expenses of such tests.

Earlier this week, the government had removed mandatory quarantine for expats arriving for a period of stay under seven days. Health Minister Veena George said the arrivals should, however, undergo the testing as advised by the central government.

The minister said the number of COVID cases in Kerala were expected to dip after the first week of this month.

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