Screening flights from 10 countries for coronavirus: Health Minister Vardhan reviews COVID-19

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, taking into consideration the larger cases being reported from other countries besides China, universal screening is being initiated from 10 countries, and in this regard, Special Secretary (Health) held a video conference today with officials of Airport Health Organization (APHO) from 21 airports and Health Secretaries of respective States.

At present, in addition to screening of passengers from flights coming from China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and South Korea, entry screening has been extended to flights coming from Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia w.e.f. 23 February. Further, Secretary (HFW) informed that close coordination is being maintained with Indian embassies abroad to get daily updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the world.

Health Minister Vardhan appreciated the various precautionary measures being undertaken in close coordination with various ministries at the central and state levels, as well as Indian embassies abroad. He also lauded the states for actively monitoring the cases as well as updating the requisite information pertaining to screening and surveillance on the central web portal.

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