Mangaluru: May 12 flight - Passengers to be tested at Dubai airport, doc to accompany


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, May 10: Praveen Shetty, president of Karnataka NRI Forum in the UAE has informed that necessary precautions are being taken at Dubai airport to test NRIs returning to Mangaluru and other places from the UAE in the midst of coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking to Daijiworld Television on live show, Praveen Shetty said, "We had demanded the flight from UAE to Mangaluru to be operated on May 12, but for some technical issues with Air India, it was scheduled for May 14, but now finally the government and Air India have agreed to rechedule the flight for May 12.


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"The first priority on flight will be given to pregnant women and people who are sick and need medical attention back in their hometown. At Dubai airport, all passengers will be subjected to rapid blood test before they enter the check-in counter. It will take only five-six minutes for the result to show.

"Those who test negative will be allowed to board the flight, and a green sticker will be pasted on their passport indicating that they have passed the test. Those who test positive will be sent back to quarantine. A thermal scanner has also been installed at the airport to check body temperature," he said.

"As many as 30 pregnant women will be travelling in the first flight on May 12. I have specially arranged a doctor to take care of these patients and travel with them on the flight from Dubai to Mangaluru," he added.

Regarding air fares, he said there has been a lot of confusion and misleading rumours floating around. "I checked with Air India manager at Dubai airport who confirmed that there is no hike in air fares. Air India charges Dhs 720 to Dhs 770, which is normal air fare to Mangaluru from Dubai," he said.

On being asked about more flights to Mangaluru from other Gulf countries and the UAE, he said, "The Karnataka government should put more efforts in this regard. We are in touch with union minister Sadananda Gowda and the central government of India. Discussions are on to arrange special flights for Kannadigas who are residing in other countries. Next flights will be from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and discussions in this regard are on. We have been promised another flight from Dubai to Mangaluru in the second week of May."

MLC Ivan D'Souza spoke to Daijiworld Television on the arrangements being made for NRIs returning from Dubai to Mangaluru. "All those who come from abroad will have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days. The government is doing adequate arrangements for this. If the returning NRI party wants to be quarantined in two star or three star hotels with facilities like attached bathroom, they can choose their qurantine points controlled by the district administration prior to flying to Mangaluru.

"The administration has strictly instructed the designated hotels/lodges and hostels to charge lower fee for people who come from abroad for quarantine. Charges will be around Rs 3,000 per day," he said.

"Only people from Karnataka have been accommodated in the first flight scheduled on May 12. People from Kasargod are not included in this flight. The district administration will received the passengers at Mangaluru airport and will take them straight to quarantine facilities. People from other districts will be sent directly to their respective centres," he said.

 

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, May 10 2020

    People,

    If passengers are tested and found 'Corona Free' at Dubai airport....what is the purpose of keeping them at 'Designated Quarantine Places' in Mangalore hotels and Schools ...their hands could be stamped and asked to go for home Quarantine for 14 days....

    I don't understand this....Can any Vidhwaans ( like Jossey Sir) enlighten me here ???...

    To be honest....none of the Government decisions about COVID-19 process make sense to me...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Sun, Manglore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    The 14 days count for the incubation period of the virus. ie. exposure to virus and display of symptoms. There may be chance of exposure within the flight. There is chance that after 14 days also the symptoms may appear.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, May 10 2020

    People,

    There are 2 types of COVID-19 testing....

    1. Basic Body temperature testing...using non-contact temperature sensor gun....this is not confirmatory test for anything....Its a primitive test...with Paracetamol / Penadol one can bring body temperature down and escape from this test....there are hundreds of reasons for body temperature increase...

    2. COVID-19 test, which is almost 99% accurate...even with Asymptomatic carrier....it used to take 2 days for results to come...they put a probe inside the nose / throat and take a sample for test ... and nobody can cheat this test with taking Paracetamol to bring down body temperature !!! ....

    Now Abbott Lab, USA last month brought a new COVID-19 test kit ( Trump took first test in White House about a month before !!!), which gives result in 10 minutes....Negative in 5 minutes and Positive in 10 minutes...

    I believe this Abbott COVID-19 tests they are conducting in Dubai Airport before allowing passengers to board flights to India...and this is almost 100% accurate....

    After undergoing this test before boarding plane ...and found negative...why they need to be quarantined for 14 days at Mangalore Hotels / Hostels at their own expense is beyond my Comprehension...I need help from a VIDHWAAN here please...


    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Sun, Manglore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    The 2 cases reported in Kerala yesterday were from special flights. One from Abudhabi and other from Dubai. Thorough checking shall be done at Manglore Airport.

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  • RkR, Mangalore / Dubai

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Travellers- Pregnant sis and elderly once please takecare of yourself,
    Healthy Guys with no symptoms have been tested positive.
    Killer virus z next door, don’t fall prey for it.

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  • Theresa Sequeira, Salmiya

    Sun, May 10 2020

    what is the use of checking in Dubai Airport if the passenger already had Paracetamol tab ?

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Theresa Sequeira, Salmiya, Kuwait,

    There are 2 types of COVID-19 testing....

    1. Basic Body temperature testing...using non-contact temperature sensor gun....this is not confirmatory test for anything....Its a primitive test...with Paracetamol / Penadol one can bring body temperature down and escape from this test....there are hundreds of reasons for body temperature increase...

    2. COVID-19 test, which is almost 99% accurate...even with Asymptomatic carrier....it used to take 2 days for results to come...they put a probe inside the nose and take a sample / throat sample also works... and nobody can cheat this with Paracetamol ....

    Now Abbott Lab, USA last month brought a new COVID-19 test kit ( Trump took first test in White House about a month before !!!), which gives result in 10 minutes....Negative in 5 minutes and Positive in 10 minutes...

    I believe this Abbott COVID-19 tests they are conducting in Dubai Airport before allowing passengers to board flights to India...and this is almost 100% accurate....

    By the By Salmiya is my 'Karma Bhoomi'....my first job in life started at Salmiya Communication Center ....

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Jyo udupi, Udupi

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Corona virus is one kind of business. Which is given by China.. Duplicate Saman deke tak Gaya isliye original Saman diya aur sabko barbad Kiya.

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  • Jyo udupi, Udupi

    Sun, May 10 2020

    The hotel fee 3000 rs per day is not affordable. The govt should bare all the expenses for quarantines. Same as kerala govt is doing. Many are jobless and house wifes. How can they afford to pay such amount. Not possible. Better we will stay in our own houses. Strict quartine in homes. How can we pay 30000 just hotel accommodation fee. Plus food. It will be more expensive. Pls help us regarding this issue.

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  • Raj, Karkala

    Sun, May 10 2020

    People who cannot pay 42,000 Hotel lodge fee, can stay for free in College student hostels or school accommodation given by government.

    I am against Tax payers paying for some people's hotel accomodation.

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  • Roshan Sequeira, Abu Dhabi

    Sun, May 10 2020

    RkR Mangalore,

    You are creating unnecessary panic. Everyone those who contracted with virus don't get sick.In Most cases people have mild symptoms or may not have any symptoms.
    Very few people get moderate or serious symptoms.
    What do you mean by don't fall prey? have you stopped going out and buying your groceries for your daily needs due to fear of falling prey?
    Let ladies and senior citizens travel in peace

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  • Prashanth, Derebail/Dubai

    Sun, May 10 2020

    I have registered online repatriation flight under www.cgidubai.gov.in/covid_register/.
    What is the procedure after registering in Web site.
    Do we need to visit Air India Travel office?
    or is there any Indian consulate email ID to follow up ?
    Consulate Toll free no is not working
    i Have 1 year & 3 year old kids

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  • Raj, Karkala

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Air India Express can give the latest information, along with Embassy. But, remember going back may take few months.

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  • Lawrence Lobo, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Please check in the airport properly. Beware of china kits.

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