PPE kit enough for travelling to Kerala instead of Covid-19 test certificate

South India

Kerala government on Wednesday decided to relax the decision on mandatory Covid-19 test and made PPE kit mandatory for expatriates, who want to return to the state.


According to sources, the Kerala government has decided to implement Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits for passengers travelling from foreign countries instead of carrying Covid-19 test certificate. 

The decision was taken in the cabinet meet convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday.

According to the report, the kits for the passengers will be provided by airline companies.

Earlier, Kerala had made Covid-19 test mandatory for those travelling from GCC countries including Oman from June 25. 

The state government has suggested rapid antibody and TrueNat tests as alternatives to the RT-PCR test for getting Covid-negative certificates, but Oman have not approved these tests. Cost for PCR tests in private hospitals starts from OMR 55 onwards.

Meanwhile, Kerala's proposal to provide TrueNat machines at West Asian airports was shot down by the Centre saying it was impractical. 

Kerala's solution was brushed aside after the External Affairs Ministry held discussions with various Indian Embassies in the Gulf.

The state had actually managed to flatten the infection curve by end-April, after which it peaked again with the influx of stranded expats from foreign countries as well as other Indian states.

On Tuesday, Kerala reported one coronavirus-related death and 141 new covid-19 patients, the highest daily-tally so far. 

This is the 23rd covid-19 related death in the state. Meanwhile, 60 persons recovered from the disease on Tuesday. The state has confirmed total 3,451 cases so far, of which 1,620 are active patients and 1,807 recovered.


With inputs from media reports

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