Cabinet Secretary Reviews Preventive Measures On “Novel Coronavirus”

NEW DELHI || The Cabinet Secretary on Monday reviewed the situation arising out of “Novel Coronavirus” outbreak in China, an official said. Secretaries in the Ministries of Health, External Affairs, Civil Aviation, Labour, Defence, I&B and Member-Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority, DG (Armed Forces Medical Services) attended the Meeting where the seriousness of the outbreak was discussed and the preparedness of the country to contain it was discussed.

The Cabinet Secretary was informed that till Sunday, 137 flights have been screened (total cumulative passengers 29707) and that samples of 12 passengers were referred to NIV Pune. No positive case has been reported so far. Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued instructions to airlines for managing and notifying anybody reporting illness on all flights with direct or indirect connectivity to China.

Facilitation of in-flight announcements and distribution of health cards to all flights with direct or indirect connectivity to China has also been taken up. The Ministry of Home Affairs has been asked to ensure that integrated check posts initiate screening of visitors across Nepal border.

States have been requested to provide health staff for these check posts. SSB/ BSF/Immigration officers manning integrated check posts have been sensitized. Ministry of Shipping has initiated entry screening at the International ports having traffic from China.

It has also been decided that steps may be taken to prepare for the possible evacuation of Indian nationals in Wuhan. Accordingly, the Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities. Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Health will make arrangements for transport and quarantine facilities.

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