Novel Coronavirus: Indian travellers to refrain from travel to China; on return travellers could be quarantined

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February 3, 2020: Cabinet Secretary held a high level review meeting on the preparedness for Novel Coronavirus with secretaries of health and family welfare, external affairs, home affairs, civil qviation, department of health research, and representatives from ITBP, AFMS and NDMA, in Delhi on Monday.

Cabinet Secretary has held six review meetings so far, said ministry of health and family welfare in a press release.

A new Travel Advisory has been issued urging everyone to refrain from travel to China; travellers on return could be quarantined. Also, anyone with travel history of China since January 15 and from now on could be quarantined.

As of Monday, 58,658 passengers from 445 flights have been screened. Total of 142 symptomatic travellers picked up by the IDSP have been referred to the isolation facilities. 130 samples have been tested of which 128 have been found to be negative. The two positive cases found in Kerala are being monitored and areclinically stable, the release said.

The second batch of 330 passengers (including 7 Maldivan citizens)from Wuhan have arrived in India. Of these, 300 (including 7 Maldivan citizens)  are housed at ITBP Chawla Camp and 30 are in Manesar. They are being effectively monitored, it added.

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