Monday 27 April 2020 3:08 AM UTC
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While interacting with the representatives of Non-Residential Keralites from various countries through video conference, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said that the state government will make necessary arrangements in all four airports to conduct screenings to detect COVID-19 when the expats return to Kerala.
According to the CM, those expats who do not show any symptoms of coronavirus have to remain in home quarantine for 14 days. The government has also set up observation centres for those expats who do not have the facility to undergo home quarantine, he added.
He added that that the state government has been holding talks with the union government to fly back the expats.
The chief minister further added that the evacuation of expats will have to be done in several steps and the evacuation process must be strategic and disciplined.
As it is impossible to arrange flight services to fly back all the expats at once, the government will give priority to those expats who need immediate attention.
The CM also urged all expats to register on the NORKA website.
He added that the state will ask the Centre to use the Indian Community Welfare Fund in order to help the Indians who are stranded in various countries.
The state government has already put forward a demand to grant special package for rehabilitating the returning expats.
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