COVID-19: six cases with high viral load detected in Agra

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Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 3, 2020: Six cases with high viral load have been detected during sample testing in Agra.

These are the ones who have come in contact with the COVID-19 patient from New Delhi, reported on Tuesday. They have been kept in isolation. Their samples are being sent to NIV, Pune for confirmation, ministry of health and family welfare said in a press release on Tuesday.

Contact tracing of the persons who have come in contact with these six persons is also simultaneously being done through the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) network, it added.

In view of the emerging global scenarios regarding COVID-19, in supersession of all earlier advisories, Centre has issued updated advisories for immediate implementation.

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All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and issued on or before March 3 and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect. Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.

Regular (sticker) visa / e-Visa granted to nationals of Peoples Republic of China, issued on or before February 5 were suspended earlier. It shall remain in force. Those needing to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.

Regular (sticker) visas/e-Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to Peoples Republic of China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan on or after February 1, and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect. Those requiring to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.

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Diplomats, officials of UN and other international bodies, OCI cardholders and Aircrew from these countries are exempted from such restriction on entry. However, their medical screening is compulsory.

Passengers of all international flights entering into India from any port are required to furnish duly filled self declaration form (including personal particulars i.e. phone number and address in India) and travel history, to health officials and immigration officials at all ports.

Passengers (foreign and Indian) other than those restricted, arriving directly or indirectly from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan must undergo medical screening at port of entry.

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Indian citizens are advised to refrain from travel to China, Iran, Republic of Korea, Italy and advised to avoid non-essential travel to other COVID-19 affected countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed  the preparedness on the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus.

“Had an extensive review regarding preparedness on the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Different ministries and states are working together, from screening people arriving in India to providing prompt medical attention.

There is no need to panic. We need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection”, Prime Minister said.

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