New Delhi: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare stated in a Press communication today that it is extending all possible support to States & UTs in order to combat the situation that has arisen due to the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV-2019). Universal screening for all flights from Singapore and Thailand besides Hong Kong and China is already ongoing at earmarked aero-bridges, and screening of passengers is now on in all 21 airports, international seaports and border crossings.
According to the Ministry, 1,818 flights and 1,97,192 passengers have been screened at 21 Airports. 9,452 persons are presently under community surveillance in 32 States & UTs. The containment and prevention activities are being taken up on utmost priority. All the states are continually strengthening their response teams to counter any eventuality.
1,510 samples have been tested and 1,507 samples were found negative except for 3 samples which had tested positive already from Kerala. All the Kerala cases have a travel history from Wuhan, China. They have been isolated and are reported to be clinically stable.
China, where the epidemic began, reported an additional 89 deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of people killed by the fast-spreading virus to 811 in the mainland. The global death toll for the new coronavirus currently stands at 813, including one death in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong.
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