Under the ‘Vande Bharat’ mission 132 Indians reached Gaya, Bihar via Delhi from Muscat on Sunday.
District Magistrate of Gaya, Abhishek Singh told ANI that the passengers brought from Muscat hail from Bihar and Jharkhand and were not allowed to exit the airport without completing a medical screening process under COVID-19 protocol.
"Sixteen returnees hail from Jharkhand and we will send them to Ranchi by a bus. The rest of them will be sent to 14-day quarantine in Bodh Gaya and will undergo a medical examination every alternate day," Singh said
He also mentioned that some hotels in Bodh Gaya have been turned into quarantine centers. "Migrants living in those centres will have to bear the expenses themselves," he said further.
Out of the 132 passengers 116 are from Bihar and 16 from Jharkhand, Gaya Airport Director Dilip Kumar said.
The passengers did not show any symptoms of coronavirus during the medical screening process.
"All SOP norms were followed while landing. The passengers were screened and each of them was given a kit each of masks, hand sanitisers and a booklet with details on how to maintain social distancing and remain safe along with other valuable information," Kumar said., further adding that the 133 passengers included a child too.
The first repatriation flight from Muscat, Oman under Vande Bharat Mission of second phase landed at Cochin, International Airport on Saturday with 177 passengers
The Indian Embassy in Oman tweeted that the first leg of the second phase of Vande Bharat Mission from Oman has been successfully completed.Magadh Divisional Commissioner Asangba Chuba Ao, Gaya District Magistrate, Abhishek Sing, SSP Rajiv Mishra and airport directors welcomed the returnees with sanitizer and soap kits in their hands.
On May 14, a chartered plane landed in Gaya carrying 41 Indians who were stranded in London while on April 14, 171 Buddhist monks and tourists returned to Thailand on a chartered plane from Gaya.
Meanwhile on Sunday The White House that the entry of most non-US citizens who have been in Brazil within the past fourteen days has been barrered keeping in mind Brazil's rapidly worsening coronavirus crisis.
"Today's action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
Brazil is the world's second worst hit COVID-19 country with 3,47,000 cases and 22,000 deaths.