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Coronavirus: 1.39 lakh passengers screened, no new case detected

By PTI Updated: Feb 08, 2020 12:03 am
In this handout photo provided by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Indian nationals who were airlifted from coronavirus-hit Hubei province of China’s Wuhan, undergo tests inside a quarantine facility set by up ITBP, at Chhawla area of New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

New Delhi, Feb. 7 (PTI): As many as 1,39,539 passengers from 1,275 flights have been screened for possible exposure to novel coronavirus so far at 21 identified airports and no new case has been detected in the country, Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

India so far has reported three confirmed cases of nCoV from Kerala.

Three medical students studying at the Wuhan University, all natives of Kerala, who returned to India recently and self-reported at a hospital in the state have tested positive for the respiratory virus.

As of now, 1,232 samples have been tested and 1,199 samples were found negative. Three samples have already tested positive. Besides, 30 are under process, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said.

Also, 6,599 persons are presently under community surveillance in 29 states and UTs while around 128 are admitted in isolation wards at various hospitals across the country.

Screening is also being conducted at international seaports and border crossings.

All 647 people evacuated from China’s Wuhan city, who are lodged at the quarantine facilities set up by the Army and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in and around Delhi, have tested negative for nCoV.

Samples of all these individuals will be re-tested on day 14 of the quarantine period.

Sudan on Friday chaired a meeting with health secretaries from states and UTs via video conference along with senior officials from ministries of Shipping, External Affairs, Civil Aviation, Tourism and Home Affairs to review their preparedness for prevention and management of nCoV.

“The situation is under control in the country and is being regularly monitored by Prime Minister’s Office, Health minister Harsh Vardhan and the Cabinet Secretary on a daily basis regarding the updates, status of preparedness and action taken so far,” Sudan said.

The government on Wednesday issued an updated travel advisory, saying the existing visas (including e-visa already issued) are no longer valid for any foreign national travelling from China.

The Health Ministry has asked people to refrain from travelling to the country in view of the coronavirus outbreak in its Hubei province and said travellers on return could be quarantined.

The Health secretary reiterated that the new visa restrictions/advisories are issued in view of the emerging scenario globally and asked states to enhance the awareness activities regarding the updated advisories.

She advised that the states and UTs need to stay alert and be more vigilant. She said a portal has been put in place as a special surveillance web tool to monitor the cases on a real-time basis.

“This will also help in national-level monitoring. All the states and UTs need to fill the data accurately and in a timely manner,” she said.

She also informed that screening for all flights from Singapore and Thailand besides Hong Kong and China at earmarked aero-bridges are going on.

She also informed that secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development has been requested to take adequate measures to spread awareness about hygiene among the students across the country.

She further informed that the sufficient stocks for the Personal Protection Equipments and masks have been procured.

States bordering Nepal have informed that they have made all necessary arrangements for the screening of people transiting across the border. The orientation of the medical personnel and health officials has been conducted regularly.

By PTI Updated: Feb 08, 2020 12:03:27 am