LUCKNOW || The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday clarified that so far no one has been tested positive for the dreaded Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has killed thousands in neighbouring China. According to the state control room of the Directorate of Health Services, so far 1231 passengers from China, entering the state, have been tested.
Of these 61 were found to be carrying symptoms of the 2019-nCoV. Four samples were sent to the NIV, Pune, 38 passenger samples to KGMU, Lucknow and 19 samples to NCDC, New Delhi. Of the 61 suspects, 56 have tested negative for the virus while results of five remainings are yet to come.
The Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Vector-Borne Disease Division officials also said that Uttar Pradesh Government has strengthened the surveillance and control measures against the disease.
All 526 travellers being tracked are in fine health and under home isolation. 612 travellers have completed 28 days of observation after coming back from China. The state has cross-notified 69 travellers to other States within India and details of 26 travellers have been shared with NCDC, GOI for International Cross-notification.
WHO has declared the recent Novel Corona Virus (2019-nCoV) epidemic affecting 25 countries as International Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under IHR (International Health Regulation).In this context,
820 Isolation beds have been reserved across the state for travellers returning back from China. The state has ensured that adequate infection prevention logistics are available for travellers and Hospital staff. Medical colleges have also been asked to be in a state of readiness.
There is no confirmed case on Novel Corona Virus in the state till date.
nCoV testing has also been initiated at National Center for Disease Centre, Delhi where samples from Western UP districts will be sent. As part of preventive measures, home isolation of all asymptomatic travellers for the next 28 days after returning from China has been undertaken.
Institutional isolation of all symptomatic travellers if they have returned from China after 15th January has also been ordered and use of masks by travellers and family members inside the house along with minimal movement and interaction with outsiders has also been mandated.