Domestic air passenger arrested in Kochi for not obeying COVID-19 norms

South India

KOCHI: A 54-year-old domestic passenger was arrested at the airport here for allegedly refusing to follow instructions given by doctors for prevention of the spread of novel coronavirus.


According to the police report, Lami Arackal from Ernakulam, who landed from Chennai at the Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery on Monday night, was arrested based on a complaint from health officials.

Arackal allegedly refused to wear mask and follow other instructions to be observed by the passengers coming from other states as part of the measures to check COVID-19 spread. He also allegedly misbehaved with the medical officers. 

However, he was released on bail later.

With the Kerala government imposing a lockdown from Tuesday, the police department has asked people to remain indoors and not to venture out without any valid reason.

"For the effective lockdown of the state, police presence will be ensured in all the roads across Kerala. The police will take legal action against those who are travelling without any valid reason," State police chief Lokanath Behera said in a release.

Kerala decided to go in for a total lockdown from Monday midnight with 28 new positive cases, taking the state tally to 95. Its including four patients, who have been discharged and 91, who are undergoing treatment.

All borders in the state remain closed, operations of all public transport to cease. All places of worship also remain closed.

Prime Minister Modi has asked state governments to ensure rules of lockdown are followed properly and called on citizens to take the issue seriously.

"Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself by doing this, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request the state governments to ensure the rules and laws are followed," he tweeted.

According to Health Ministry data on Tuesday, nearly 500 coronavirus cases have been reported in India so far.

According to the data updated Tuesday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases stood at 492. The figure includes at least 41 foreign nationals and the nine deaths reported so far.

As per the Health Ministry report, the total number of active COVID-19 cases across the country now stands at 446, after over 22 fresh cases were reported, 36 people have been cured, discharged and migrated.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 130 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


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