Mangaluru: DHO clarifies confusion over quarantine norms for international passengers

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Jul 26: District health officer on Sunday July 26 issued a clarification with regard to the quarantine norms for international passengers returning to Mangaluru, stating that seven day of hotel quarantine was compulsory for them.

There has been confusion regarding quarantine procedures for international returnees. Messages have gone viral on social media that the government has done away with quarantine for international passengers.

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In a statement released by the district information department, the district health officer said, "Insubstancial information with regard to the quarantine period of people arriving from overseas is being shared on social media and certain sections of the media.

"I would like to hereby inform that those who arrive from overseas have to remain compulsorily in quaratine for 14 days. Out of this, seven days have to be spent in institutional quarantine (in hotel/lodge). During this period, the throat swab sample of the person will be sent to the COVID testing laboratory. If the report is negative, then they will be sent to home quarantine for another seven days."

He added that concession in terms of number of days has only been given for people with other health conditions, children and the elderly. "For children below 10 years, pregnant women, elderly above the age of 60 years and other with other ailments, the throat swab will be collected on the second day hotel quarantine. If the laboratory report turns negative, they will be sent to home quarantine for 14 days."

Earlier, in a live interview, additional DHO had informed Daijiworld 24x7 channel that international passengers will be subjected to tests on the second day of hotel quarantine, and those who test negative would be sent home.





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  • Dinesh Vas, Muscat / Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 27 2020

    Good morning!

    What is the need of Hotel quarantine? If people have their on residence why people have to shell out money. All the gulf returnees have lost their job other wise they wouldn't come back.

    Just Imagine a family returning has to book 2 or 4 rooms in a hotel and the expenses could be around one lakh. Who can afford this. Where are the elected MP's and MLA. They are all Hand in glows with the hotel lobby. They are not bothered. In Tamil nadu it is only 2 days institutional quarantine. In Kerala home quarantine. More over how hygienic is Hotel. Can someone put pressure on the administration.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Since hotels & lodgings are suffering huge losses due to zero occupancy, this diktat seems to be an idea to generate some business at the cost of NRIs!

    Secondly in a hotel who is there to enforce quarantine; if one gives a generous tip to waiter/watchman one can do anything one wants as has been reported earlier from some hotels!

    All in all, the common man is being pushed against the wall!

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Rudy Sir, many of the houses of gulf returnees are empty. Such people I mean to say elderly couples/single etc can stay in their own houses, instead making them to stay in the hotels. They can save their time, energy, money. Moreover, their health will be good.... If members are many, if rooms are not sufficient for quarantine such people can stay at hotels until their reports arrive.....Why officials do no see the comfort of the returnees??

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  • MV, Mangalore, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    I travelled in a chartered indigo flight from Muscat and landed at mangalore on 24.07.2020. I have been put up at a hotel in hampankatta. The swab has been collected yesterday (25.07.2020). I am waiting for the report. Today is Sunday. Hope to receive the report tomorrow. I expected the labs to work on Sundays as well so that the anxious passengers can be out a day in advance. No news of the report till this point in time. IAM keeping my fingers crossed.

    Ideal situation would have been there is a quick response team so that unnecessary stay in hotels is curtailed. Dear district admn, we know that you are over stretched. Still, please expedite. Thanks.

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  • Ivan, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    This is the govt official and hotel people mafia. When it is community spread in all over the state in particular and allover the nation in general what is the use of hotel quarantine for the international travelers. They think that NREs have lot of money. It was but not now. Now almost all passenger who has job problem only travel back to the country . Those have job are not travelling as they are in fear of loosing job. It is sad to target such people and make money.

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  • Sandesh, Mumbai

    Mon, Jul 27 2020

    This hotel quarantine policy is in maharashtra also. All passengers have to stay in hotels for 7 days. 6th day they take the swab and if the patient is negative then they send for home quarantine. People who cannot bear the cost then there is govt. free quarantine facility is there.

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  • Peter, MANGALORE

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    DHO and Hotel owners are united.

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  • rovil pinto, mangalore

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    yes your right and we should get information which hotel they suggest international passengers......
    Dr Ramachandra Bairy as the new district health officer (DHO) of Dakshina Kannada district. has to give clarification in this matter ......

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  • Manoj, Mangalore/sharjah

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Shame on our government.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Looks like the DHO comments according to his moods. Really funny.

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  • Shuba, Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    The latest version is fully in favour of hotel and medical industry
    If the law makers who really understand the value of foreign exchange
    earned by the govt through these travellers who were working abroad the law system would have offered free lodging and testing on arrival
    for all these international home coming travellers. What better can we expect from the present corrupt system

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  • Save my India, India.

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Most of these NRIs have voted this corrupt Mafia govt. whole heartedly second time.
    Now it's time that all have to pay a price!!
    Jai Hind!!!

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  • Benjamin D'Souza, Puttur

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Quarantine centres should have been arranged for those people who are not in a position to afford hotel stay. Also covid 19 test facilities to be arranged in all the hospitals in Mangalore. We should move on fast track as far as this pandemic is concerned.

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  • Bala K, Urwa

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Update in social media not on your office board. Form a team to update and help needy unlike your old attitude like those who want come to your office. Provide each needy at this critical juncture.

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  • sense_Shetty, mangalore

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Wont be long before we hear another "clarification" on this "clarification"

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Big "U" turn after the frist announcement . Hotel and related agents cannot make money in one day stay in the hotel.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    SJM, Mangalore
    Big Money Making Racket ...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    Compulsory testing all passengers is just a waste of resources and burdening of laboratories.
    Agenda should be test only on symptoms. Otherwise treat them as healthy.
    Quarantine 14 days is just enough.
    Now testing should be done for local population who have symptoms urgently.
    Government officials should learn to prioritize things.. otherwise just resign and go home.. some other competitive people will take care

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    In what way Hotel stay would benefit a NRI returning back after loosing job, working in a lower salary band of below AED1500? Most of them travelling back with almost nothing. Who bears the cost?

    Modi led BJP govt says something and does something else, normally it is painful for middle class and lower middle class. Most passengers are paying high fare just to return. Even trains organized by Railways for migrants caught up during unplanned lockdown, been charged highly and railways claims 428cr been claimed from passengers.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    This new protocol seems to be a new gimmick & appears to be just a formality!

    Read the report on the reality of rapid antigen tests:

    "respiratory diseases such as influenza, in which affected patients have comparable concentrations of influenza virus in respiratory samples as seen in COVID-19, the sensitivity of these tests might be expected to vary from 34% to 80%.

    Based on this information, half or more of COVID-19 infected patients might be missed by such tests, depending on the group of patients tested. These assumptions urgently require further study to understand whether they are accurate. Additionally, false-positive results – that is, a test showing that a person is infected when they are not – could occur if the antibodies on the test strip also recognize antigens of viruses other than COVID-19, such as from human coronaviruses that cause the common cold."

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  • roy pinto, mangalore

    Sun, Jul 26 2020

    this is all corona 19 mafia business making idea were government hand is there in this . DHO should give more important to domestic people .
    because now people who arrival from international fight,they have to make compulsory covid-19 test before boarding the flight .
    this is just looting money from people........ shame on the government and authority .........

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