‘No quarantine for asymptomatic domestic travellers’

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on May 25, 2020

As the country resumes domestic flights from Monday, the Telangana government has decided to do away with the mandatory 14-day quarantine for those arriving in Hyderabad.

Passengers with Covid-19 symptoms will be tested and sent to quarantine if tested positive. “All others can go home and take precautionary measures,” said Telangana’s Health Minister, Eatala Rajender.

Total cases

Four people succumbed to the virus infection on Sunday, taking the total numbers of deaths to 53. The State reported 41 new positive cases on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 1,854. As many as 709 patients are undergoing treatment at the Gandhi Hospital.

The Health Minister cited the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and the Union government guidelines with regard to the international arrivals that warranted only seven days of institutional quarantine.

“All domestic travellers need not undergo mandatory quarantine period of 14 days unless they are symptomatic,” said a Telangana Health Ministry official.

The new rule also applies to passengers arriving in the State via trains and private vehicles. “They will be tested if they show symptoms. If they are tested positive, they will be sent for quarantine,” he said.

State Chief Secretary, Somesh Kumar, visited the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport to inspect the safety arrangements as the domestic airlines resumed operations.

Published on May 25, 2020

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