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Jan 25, 2020
2:10PM

No Coronavirus case detected in India; over 20,000 passengers screened at airports

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Health Ministry has said that more than 20 thousand passengers from 96 flights have been screened so far for Novel Coronavirus symptoms. No case of the infection has been detected in the country so far. However, three persons have been put under observation.

The Ministry said that travel advisory has been extended to 12 more airports in addition to the current seven. National Institute of Virology, Pune is fully geared up to test samples of Coronavirus. It said, ten other laboratories under the Indian Council of Medical Research’s Viral Research and Diagnostics Laboratories network are also equipped to test such samples, if a need arises.

The Union Health Ministry has also issued an advisory to people travelling to China in view of the outbreak of the Novel Corona virus in that country. It said, all travellers to China, in particular, Wuhan city to closely monitor their health.

The advisory suggested travellers to follow simple public health measures at all times. They include observing good personal hygiene, practice frequent handwashing with soap, follow respiratory etiquettes. It advised to avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness such as cough, runny nose. 
 

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