Vande Bharat: Evacuation flight with 177 passengers from Bahrain lands at Kochi International Airport
Kochi/UNI: The first evacuation flight from Bahrain carrying 177 passengers landed at Cochin International Airport here late on Friday night.
The passengers, four each from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu while the rest from various districts of Kerala, went through a health check-up at the Airport as they were not tested for COVID-19 in Bahrain.
As per protocol, symptomatic people were immediately moved to a separate area and were taken to the nearby state run hospital after initial formalities.
Pregnant women, kids and elderly persons were sent to home quarantine.
Passengers from other districts were sent to their respective districts by state-run buses and will have to stay under 14-day quarantine at the government-run Corona care centres, Airport officials said on Saturday.
The baggage of all passengers was disinfected before handing over to them.
Till Friday, four flights brought 692 persons back to Kerala after the country launched the repatriation mission, 'Vande Bharat', on Thursday in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
About 64 flights will bring back 14,800 stranded Indians from 12 countries till May 13. Twenty four flights will be pressed into service to bring back persons from five Gulf Co-operation Council countries.