Corona virus: Passengers from Iran and Italy to be screened

Mumbai, February 26, 2020 : The passengers arriving from Iran and Italy at the airports of India would also be screened on the backdrop of Corona virus. This information was given by the health minister Mr Rajesh Tope, here today.

As per the new instructions of the union government, the passengers arriving from the 10 countries including China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and also from Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia are screened at the international airport. Now those from Iran and Italy would also have to go for medical check-up.

Till 25th February, 53 thousand 981 passengers arriving at Mumbai International Airport by 441 airbuses were screened. Additional human resources had been provided from the public health department and Municipal Corporations for the purpose of assistance in the screening process. Passengers arriving in the state from the affected regions are searched through the regional surveys. Until today, 304 passengers have arrived in the state from the affected areas and out of them; the 14 day follow up of 225passengers had been completed.

A total of 91 people were admitted to various Quarantine (isolated) wards since January 18 following complaints of fever, cold and cough. The laboratory tests of all the 91 people were found negative for Corona according to the reports of National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. 88 of them had been discharged from the hospitals. Presently, only one is admitted in a hospital at Pune and two others at the Quarantine wards in Mumbai. Not a single suspected patient had been detected in the state, the health minister added.