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Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that pregnant women returning from abroad will be excluded from the compulsory quarantine at centres arranged by the government. The Chief Minister made the announcement while addressing the media after a coronavirus review meeting here on Wednesday.
“Pregnant women will be allowed to go home from the airport. They must observe home quarantine. Other expats who return to Kerala from Thursday must be placed under quarantine at the centres,” informed the Chief Minister.
Pinarayi Vijayan also revealed that the state government has requested the Prime Minister to make arrangements of COVID-19 test for returning expats but the Prime Minister has not responded to the request yet.
“The government is making each intervention to bring back expats with utmost care. All arrangements have been made to receive them,” said the Chief Minister.
“Keralites who are stranded in foreign countries amid lockdown over coronavirus outbreak will start to reach Kerala from tomorrow. The Union Home Ministry has alerted the state on the procedures related to their return.
The expats will return to Kerala in flights arranged by the Civil Aviation Ministry and ships arranged by the Ministry of Defence.
“Two flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai will land at Kochi and Kozhikode respectively on Thursday. Expats should be vigilant throughout their trip,” alerted the CM.