Coronavirus: Wuhan-India flight with COVID-19 evacuees delayed by China, will depart Feb 26

New Delhi: Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, undertook a review of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) management across the country, with senior officials of the Ministry, here today. Vardhan was informed that, at present, the screening of passengers is being done in all 21 airports, and 12 major and 65 non-major seaports and border crossings. In all 4,214 flights and 4,48,449 passengers have been screened so far. Also, as informed by MEA, departure of the Air Force flight to Wuhan is being planned for 26 February, and the evacuees will arrive in India on 27 February.

As of now, 2,707 samples have been tested of which only 3 samples had earlier tested positive in Kerala, and all the three patients have been discharged from the hospitals and are now in home isolation. All Indian evacuees from Wuhan have tested negative for COVID-19 and have gone back to their homes from the quarantine facilities. In all, 23,259 persons were brought under community surveillance in 34 States & UTs through the Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network.

Health Minister Vardhan was briefed that a revised travel advisory on travel to Singapore has been issued on 22 February. Regarding movement across Kartarpur border in Punjab, it was informed that in discussion with the Home Ministry, Health Ministry and Health Secretary, Punjab, special screening has been strengthened across the border and further necessary facilitation for masks to be worn by pilgrims is being initiated.

While complimenting states for their efforts to manage COVID-19, Harsh Vardhan also directed that all Joint Secretaries and Senior Officers from Health Ministry may be deputed to visit States & UTs to ensure strengthening of the state surveillance machinery, and to address their concerns, if any.

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