The Central government will facilitate the return of Indians stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner, the Home Ministry said on Monday.

The process of return of Indians stranded abroad will begin from May 7 in a phased manner, the ministry added.

The decision comes on the same day India entered the third phase of lockdown with coronavirus cases soaring past 42,000.

Medical screening of passengers would be done before they take flight. Only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel. During the journey, all these passengers would have to follow the protocols, such as the health protocols, issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

India on Monday saw its coronavirus case count rise to 42,836 while death toll climbed to 1,389, according to the latest update from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

 Maharashtra is the most affected state with 12,974 cases so far and 548 fatalities, followed by Gujarat with 5,428 cases and 290 deaths.