The health officials in coordination with other departments, especially the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) have launched an aggressive initiative to reach out to international passengers and ensure they are under home quarantine for the mandatory period of 14 days.

Health officials in coordination with GHMC personnel are visiting homes of international travellers to check on them. To alert those in the neighbourhood, posters that say ‘COVID-19 DO NOT VISIT HOME UNDER QUARANTINE’ are being pasted on their homes. These posters also provide information related to daily visit sheet of a multi-disciplinary surveillance team of the health officials and GHMC.

The effort is to identify as many passengers as possible and put them under quarantine and make arrangements to test them for coronavirus. By ensuring proper quarantine, the officials would be able to cut the transmission chain of coronavirus.

Identifying and following up on such a large number of foreign returned nationals is no small task and requires a lot of human resources. It is estimated that countrywide, there are close to 15 lakh people who returned to India from coronavirus affected countries and in Telangana, the figure would be up to 20,000 individuals.

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