UK citizen, passengers offloaded from Kochi-Dubai flight

Our Bureau: Kochi | Updated on March 15, 2020 Published on March 15, 2020

A file picture of Cochin International Airport   -  Thulasi Kakkat

A Dubai-bound flight, which offloaded a UK tourist who had tested positive for COVID 19, departed from Cochin International Airport on Sunday afternoon with 270 passengers after leaving behind 20 passengers.

These passengers, including the UK tourist and his wife, were shifted to the quarantine centre at Kalamassery Medical College. The other passengers are at Aluva government hospital. One passenger has voluntarily opted to cancel the journey and went on home quarantine after medical tests, Kerala Agriculture Minister VS Sunil Kumar told reporters.

The runway was made available for departure of this delayed flight as there was no normal operation from 10 AM to 6 PM due to a resurfacing project, which will be completed on March 28.

All 290 passengers of the Dubai-bound Emirates flight were offloaded after the UK tourist, who tested positive for the virus, was found among the passengers. He was part of the 19-member group who were on a tour in Munnar. He was under surveillance there.

He arrived at the Kochi airport with other members of the group, without informing the authorities. The authorities had received his test results only after he boarded the flight.

The circumstances in which the UK national escaped surveillance in Munnar is being looked into, the officials said.

Published on March 15, 2020
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