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Coronavirus in India: ‘Mandatory thermal detection, quarantine’: India intensifies efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus | India News

NEW DELHI: India has canceled all visas issued to foreign citizens who come from China and has made universal thermal inspection mandatory for all flights from Singapore and Thailand, in addition to Hong Kong and China.

“All flights from these countries will be stationed on assigned bridges to facilitate detection,” Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Friday when the government stepped up efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus after 150 passengers were identified with symptoms of the deadly virus and sent to isolation units.

In making a statement of suo motu in Rajya Sabha, the health minister said that the government has asked people not to travel to China, the epicenter of the deadly outbreak of the virus, and will obligatorily quarantine anyone returning from China.

Passenger inspection has increased in 21 airports, as well as in 12 major seaports and in all smaller ports. In addition, controls are being carried out at all integrated checkpoints at the Nepal border after the Himalayan nation reported a confirmed case.

“To date, a total of 1,275 flights have been evaluated covering a total of 1.39,539 passengers, and 150 passengers identified with symptoms have been referred to isolation facilities,” said the health minister.

In detailing the steps taken to control the spread of the coronavirus, he said travel notices have been issued.

“Existing visas (including eVisa already issued) are no longer valid for any foreign citizen traveling from China,” he said, adding: “People traveling to China onwards will be quarantined upon return.”

People who have compelling reasons to visit India should contact the Indian embassy in Beijing or the consulate in Shanghai or Guangzhou, he said.

‘About 80 Indians remain in Wuhan’

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said there are about 80 Indians who remained in Wuhan. Of them, 10 students who arrived at the airport had a fever and the Chinese authorities did not allow them to board the special Air India flight. The remaining 70 have been left behind voluntarily.

“The embassy is in contact with all the students and we are regularly monitoring their situation,” said the minister.

When parliamentarians asked him if Pakistan had sought Indian help to evacuate its citizens from China, he said the offer was made to all the neighbors and that only Maldives chooses to take advantage of it.

“We were prepared to bring back not only our people, but also those from all over our neighborhood who would have liked it. This was an offer made to all our neighbors, but only seven Maldivian citizens decided to take advantage of the offer.” said Jaishankar in Rajya Sabha.

The government said the Cabinet Secretary is conducting daily reviews with all related ministries. A group of ministers has been set up consisting of cabinet ministers for foreign affairs and civil aviation minister and ministers of state for home, maritime transport and family health and welfare to control the situation.

So far three positive cases have been reported in India, all from Kerala. “All these cases have a history of travel from Wuhan, China. They have been isolated and are reported to be clinically stable,” said the health minister.

In addition to inspecting incoming passengers, India evacuated 647 Indians and 7 Maldivian citizens from China.

“After the evacuation, people undergo quarantine in special facilities created by the Indian army in Manesar and by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at the Chawla camp,” he said, adding that 10 of the evacuees who They showed symptoms of the virus have been transferred to isolation.

All of them have been negative and are stable, he said.

In addition, 262 symptomatic travelers have been referred to isolation facilities and are being monitored.

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