Meanwhile, the Ministry of Civil Aviation released a full list of Phase V repatriation flights by the government-owned low cost carrier, Air India Express, The schedule, running all the way till the end of August includes a large number of flights from airports in the UAE and other GCC countries.
One week of this fortnight’s quarantine shall be at institutions, paid for by the passengers, followed by a second week of "isolation at home with self-monitoring of health."
In exceptional cases of human distress, serious illness, death in the family, pregnancy and parents flying in with children below 10 years of age, receiving states shall assess the situation and may permit home quarantine for the entire 14 days.
In such cases those under home quarantine will have to download India’s domestic health monitoring and tracking mobile application known as "Arogya Setu."
The rules for arriving travellers released today were originally drafted by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the end of May, but have been reviewed and put out as the Ministry of Civil Aviation prepares to launch Phase V of its mission for repatriating Indian citizens, this time mostly from the GCC countries.
"On arrival, thermal screening would be carried out of all the passengers by health officials present at the airport. Passengers found to be symptomatic during the screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facilities as per health protocol."
The reiteration by both ministries appears to have been prompted by cases, albeit rare, in which arriving passengers refused to undergo screening upon landing or to proceed for institutional quarantine.
"However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation circular read.
After the medical check-up and the coronavirus test, the passengers will be allowed to go their homes, instead of the quarantine centre, if they do not show any COVID-19 symptoms.
So far the group has arranged about a dozen flights to various Indian cities including Gaya, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur and Kolkata. Latest flight was operated on Saturday to Gaya in Bihar.
Indonesia's rumbling Mount Sinabung erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky and depositing ash on villages.
All residents are advised to conduct a CIVID-19 PCR test before flying to the UAE.
The SPEA said if parents are reluctant to send kids to the schools in the first phase of reopening, they can choose the distance learning option.
Sharjah Public Library (SPL), an affiliate of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), will host a series of four expert-led virtual sessions in August on topics that range from human development and self-development to culture and education, moderated by Rama Muhana.