Repatriated expats to be subjected to antibody test at airports: CM
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that the repatriated expats will be subjected to antibody tests expats at the airport itself. This is an additional precautionary step, he added.
If IGM, IGG anti bodies are detected during the tests, they will be sent for PCR tests. Even if the result is negative, they can start exhibiting the symptoms at a later stage. Hence they should also adhere to strict quarantining protocols, he added.
So far, 98,2202 people have returned to the state from abroad. Out of this, 96,581 returned through flights (98.35 percent). Among them, 36,724 landed at Kochi and 31,896 landed at Karipur.
Out of the total number of people who returned, 72,099 are from Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Ernakulam districts.
Only 7 percent of the expats who returned from abroad have tested positive. It means that we could stop the transmission of disease from 93 percent of the people. This is the success of home quarantine, CM said.
From June 25 to 30, External Affairs Ministry has arranged 111 chartered flights and 43 Vande Bharat mission flights. 72 flights reached the state on Wednesday. The CM added that 40-50 flights are expected per day from Friday onwards.