Twenty people on a Dubai-bound Emirates flight from Kochi were evacuated before takeoff on Sunday.
This occurred after it was found that a native of the United Kingdom who tested positive for COVID-19 was among the 270 passengers. He was under surveillance traced to the airport. Previously, authorities had asked him and the group of 19 others not to leave KTDC Hill Resort in Munnar. The infected man is at the Kalamassery Government Medical College isolation ward while the other passengers evacuated from the flight are in Aluva hospital. The flight has departed for Dubai. It was not required to close the Kochi international airport in the state of Kerala, the busiest and largest airport in the state and also also the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international traffic.
On Saturday night, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that a total of 7,677 people were under observation in the state. "A total of 7,677 people are under observation in the state, out of which 7,375 people are under home quarantine and 302 are in isolation wards across the state,” he said. The Kerala government on Saturday imposed restrictions on visitors' entry at malls, gyms and beaches. Checks are in place including train stations and for those travelling by road.