COVID-19 crisis: Kerala traces two foreigners who escaped from Alappuzha Medical College

South India

ALAPPUZHA: A couple from the United States, who escaped from the Alappuzha Medical College after doctors suggested them to test for coronavirus, have been located, and put under isolation.


They were found at Cochin International Airport while trying to fly back to Doha at around 11:30 pm on Friday night. 

They have been identified as American citizens living in London for the last three years and had reached India via Doha. They had symptoms linked to coronavirus.

The duo was brought back to Ernakulam district hospital and their samples were taken for tests.

"Now, they have been taken to an isolation ward at Ernakulam Medical College", said NK Kuttappan, District Medical Officer.

The couple had reached Cochin Airport on March 9 and had consulted a doctor at Alappuzha Medical College as one of them had a running fever. After the doctor asked them to take a test for COVID-19, they tried to escape on Friday night.

The two Americans also stayed at a resort in Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram district.

Three more people, including an Italian national, tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala on Friday. So far, the number of affected people in the state has touched 19.


With inputs from Agency

Image credit: The Economic Times




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