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5 passengers stamped at Madurai airport for home quarantine
On arrival at Madurai airport, passengers are being screened to prevent any spread of novel coronavirus. As part of the measures to control any spread of COVID-19, the authorities, including a team from the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, began stamping international passengers, who have been advised home quarantine.
As many as 166 air passengers after alighting from a flight from Singapore had been screened and only after given undertaking that they would isolate themselves and take adequate precautionary measures for certain period, they were allowed to exit from the Madurai airport, sources said on Saturday.
S Senthil Valavan, Director, Madurai Airport, when contacted, said five air passengers, who were among a total of 165 passengers from Dubai, were stamped on their hands advising them for home quarantine on Friday.
The passengers stamped with the indelible ink were under ‘B’ category since they were above 60 years of age and with ailments such as diabetes.
As per the directive of Madurai Collector TG Vinay, those passengers were asked to self-quarantine, the Airport Director said. Sources said the stamp indicates the last day of quarantine until April 17.
Madurai Deputy Director of Health Services, Priya Raj said, however, other passengers were sent after screening. Those with suspected COVID-19 symptoms under ‘A’ category would be directly taken to hospitals for necessary treatment and those diagnosed under ‘C’ category would be observed in isolation wards.
53 undertrials released from Madurai Central Prison
As many as 53 prisoners, including two women, were released on their own bail from Madurai Central Prison on Saturday. The first of its kind initiative by the Department of Prisons was made as part of the measures to prevent any spread of novel coronavirus. The initiative was made to reduce the crowd of inmates at the Madurai Central Prison with the aim to maintain distance among prisoners. Those released were remand prisoners facing charges of petty crime, sources said. Besides, 28 prisoners from sub-jails in Sivaganga, Tirupattur, Aruppukkottai and Theni have also been released on this occasion, sources said. Deputy Inspector General of Police of Madurai Central Prison, Palani, said after convening meeting with officials from various departments, recommendations were made to the Madurai Bench of High Court earlier for the release of these remand prisoners as precautionary measure, the DIG said. The Central Prison in Madurai has an enrolment of 1,530 prisoners including 900 convict prisoners and 630 remand prisoners, sources said.