COVID-19: Kochi-Dubai Passengers Deplaned After One Tests Positive

This takes the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Kerala to 20.

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On Sunday, 15 March, Kochi Airport Public Relations Officer said that a Dubai-bound Emirates flight departed without 19 passengers including a UK-based passenger who was tested positive for coronavirus and was holidaying in Kerala’s Munnar, ANI reported.

The UK passenger belonged to a group of 19 holidaying in the hill resort town of Munnar in Kerala and was under surveillance. All the 19 passengers are in the isolation ward at Ernakulam Medical College.

Earlier, at least 289 passengers of the flight were offloaded at the Kochi airport, shortly before take-off, after the UK national was tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, PTI reported, quoting official sources.

The person who tested positive has been taken to an isolation facility at a government hospital nearby, a Cochin International Airport Limited spokesperson told PTI.

All the passengers will be quarantined if needed, The News Minute reported.

This takes the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Kerala to 20.

The passenger joined the group to reach the Kochi airport without informing authorities in Munnar, the airport official said.

When the test result came out, the authorities came to know that he was at the Kochi airport and travelling by the Emirates flight.

The authorities had first decided to offload all 19 passengers of his group. However, they decided to deplane all the passengers and send them to the hospital for further investigation, PTI reported quoting officials.

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