On Wednesday, the number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 29, among which 16 are Italian tourists. The government has decided to screen all the international passengers at airports to prevent the spread of respiratory infection. As per the central government directives, the special screening is being maintained on the people arriving from 12 countries, including China, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, and Singapore.
Sources further said, the Indo-Nepal border is also on high alert, and isolation arrangements have also been set up at all the district hospitals. To deal with the emergency, the district hospitals and medical colleges have set up isolation wards.
All the border chowkis of seven districts on the Indo-Nepal border, namely Bahraich, Lakhimpur Khiri, Shravasti, Maharajganj, Siddharth Nagar, Balrampur, and Pilibhit are on high alert. Abhishek Prakash, the district magistrate of Lucknow, held a meeting and instructed all the officials concerned to maintain utmost vigil and promptly refer any suspicious case to the hospital to extend proper medical attention.
All the school authorities have been instructed to avoid any large gathering of students on school premises. School teachers have been asked to remain alert of any possible signs and symptoms among students like coughing, breathing difficulty or fever and immediately inform the parents to get them tested.
The coronavirus fear, also going to affect the celebration of the holi festival, which is just a couple of days to come. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said they would not celebrate the festival of colors or hold Holi Milan gatherings.
The contagious disease has claimed over 3,000 lives and infected more than 90,000 worldwide. The virus has infected Seventeen Indian abroad, 16 from a cruise ship in Japan, and one from the United Arab Emirates. Another 119 Indians have been brought back to India from a cruise ship in Japan. The sixteen Indians are being treated at onshore medical facilities in that country. The Indian government evacuated a total of 723 Indian nationals from China.