Coronavirus: Flights from Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia to be screened for COVID-19

New Delhi: The Cabinet Secretary chaired a high level meeting to review the status, actions taken, and preparedness of States & UTs regarding management of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), here today. Secretaries of Health and Family Welfare, Civil Aviation, Defence, Information & Broadcasting, DG AFMS and representatives from the Ministries of External Affairs, Home Affairs, Bureau of Immigration, ITBP, and Army were also present.

After a detailed review, in addition to the universal screening as per earlier advisories, universal screening at airports is now being planned for flights from Kathmandu, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Also, in furtherance to the travel advisory issued earlier, citizens are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Singapore. As of today, 21,805 passengers have been brought under community surveillance. In addition, 3,97,152 flight passengers and 9,695 travellers at sea ports have been screened.

The Chinese Health Commission said on Saturday that there were 397 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Friday, down from 889 cases a day earlier, bring the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 76,288. The death toll in mainland China had reached 2,345 as of the end of Friday.

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