Kerala: Covid-19 Positive British Tourist Who Fled From A State-Run Surveillance Centre Stopped At Kochi Airport The Cochin International Airport. (Ajay Kumar Appukuttan)

A group of foreign tourists including a coronavirus positive British national was stopped from flying to Dubai at Cochin airport on Sunday, the state officials said.

The patient arrived in Kerala on March 2 and reached Munnar on March 7. But on March 10 he developed symptoms of coronavirus and was asked to remain under observation at a state owned resort. Since then he was in the observation camp.

This particular group was asked to remain in isolation as the second test result of one of them was awaited. But the entire group broke all the protocols and headed for the Cochin airport on Sunday.

At the airport they went through the immigration and boarded the aircraft to Dubai. But as soon as the authorities got winds that there was coronavirus affected person among the passengers, they asked all the 270 passengers to evacuate the aircraft and go through the health checkup. They all have been moved to the hospitals.

Local legislator P.T. Thomas expressed dismay on what has happened and the local authorities at Idukki and Kochi are now probing on how this goof up occurred.

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