Quarantine room (Representational Image)
Kochi: The Central government has rejected Kerala’s request for seven day quarantine of expats. Central government has made it clear in the High Court that 14-day quarantine period is mandatory for Indians returning from foreign countries.
The state government had instructed seven day institutional quarantine and seven day home quarantine for the returnees. Central government has opposed this instruction in the court.
Only a few expats have returned from abroad as of now and only a few among them have been sent to institutional quarantine. More than 1.5 lakh rooms have been prepared for the foreign returnees.
The government had informed the court that 2.5 lakh rooms have been identified for quarantining the expats. Hence, they cannot oppose the centre's stipulated quarantine period by citing inadequate facilities.
The High Court had mentioned earlier that state governments should follow the instructions given by the central government under the current circumstances.