The deadly coronavirus continues to grab China for the last few weeks, raising the death toll to 106, causing global alarm. The pneumonia-like illness has spread all over the country, affecting over 2,700 people, mostly in Wuhan and other Chinese cities. On Monday, Indian and Chinese officials discussed to evacuate over 250 Indians from coronavirus-hit Wuhan city and Hubei province.
The meeting was chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gupta, who reviewed India’s preparedness to deal with the virus. The Indian Embassy said in a statement after the meeting, “In the meeting, Chinese authorities briefed on the steps taken by them to contain the spread of coronavirus outbreak. Various options for evacuating foreign nationals from Wuhan/Hubei province were also discussed.”
“We continue to engage with the Chinese authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of Indian nationals in Hubei province. We will update you when we have more information from the Chinese authorities,” it added.
The coronavirus has already spread to several other countries, including Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States, Australia, France, Taiwan, among others. However, no one has been detected with the disease in India so far. Though about 450 people have been kept under observation in the country and most of them belong to Kerala, following screening for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.
According to the World Health Organisation, the common symptoms of the virus strain include respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. The virus is common among animals, but it was carried first to Wuhan people at the end of December 2019 when they visited a seafood market at Wuhan.
There is no medicine for coronavirus that has been identified as 2019-nCoV. As alerted by experts, the virus may take more lives in the future as it can easily be transmitted among humans by coughing and sneezing. Those who have recently returned from China have approached medical authorities as a precautionary step.
The Indian government has also taken several other precautionary measures, including screening of people at international ports having traffic from China and at the integrated check posts across the border with Nepal. Reportedly, 250 to 300 students are stuck in Wuhan, triggering concerns over their well-being.