Two evacuation flights to be conducted

2020-03-27 13:14:56

At its regular meeting of the State Emergency Commission (SEC) held today, March 26, it was decided to extend the quarantine period for suspected citizens with infection to 21-28 days in aims of prevention of the novel coronavirus infection. By doing so, isolation period for the citizens arrived on the last four chartered flights is extended by a week.

The latest research of the World Health Organization and other international organizations have shown that the novel coronavirus has an average incubation period of 5.5-19 days, not 14 days. In connection with the extended mandatory quarantine period, the SEC resolved to operate two chartered flights, changing the scheduled three flights. 

Member of the SEC and Head of the National Emergency Management Agency T.Badral said “Around 1000 citizens have arrived on the last four evacuation flights and are staying in isolation. The isolation period for those citizens is extended by a week. Therefore, as there is not enough access to isolation facilities for all the evacuees to come,  we resolved to conduct two chartered flights in the first place.”

Furthermore, the SEC backed up the proposal made by the Ministry of Health at the meeting that it is necessary to quarantine each individual in one room in prevention of transmitting infection to each other. Currently 2-4 citizens are staying in one room in the isolation facilities. 

Regarding with the decision on isolation of each individual in separate room, the officials stated that opportunities to collaborate with hotels and entities will be studied, in compliance with the mobilization law.