NEW DELHI: Government of India had started taking measures including screening much before the WHO has termed the Virus outbreak as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30th January 2020, said Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister(I/C), Civil Aviation. Addressing a press conference on Corona Virus related issues here today, Union Minister said that screening of passengers coming from all parts of the world is currently being carried on at 30 Indian airports and 6,49,452 passengers have been screened. Secretary, MOCA, CMD, Air India, Chairman Airports Authority of India and DG, DGCA were also present.
Sh. Hardeep Singh Puri stated that universal screening of all incoming passengers coming from all parts of the world has begun at Indian airports. After the thermal screening, the passengers who show initial signs of fever, are subjected to full testing and further detailed process is carried out. He said that around 70,000 passengers coming to India on a daily basis through airports from different parts of the world are being screened. The Minister said that the number of people brought back by Air India from Wuhan is 654. Air India also brought back 124 people including 5 foreign nationals, who were on board the COVID-19 infected Cruise Ship Diamond Princess from Yokohoma, Japan. Indian Air Force also evacuated 112 people from Wuhan which included 35 nationals of Myanmar, Bangladesh, Maldives, China South Africa, USA, and Madagascar.
Sh. Hardeep Singh Puri further informed that WINGS India 2020, a major event of the Civil aviation sector scheduled from 12th to 15th March 2020, will be held on a truncated basis. Large public gatherings would be avoided. The local representatives would be attending the event. Video conferencing is being planned with the delegates outside India.
The Minister added that the evacuation of Indians from Iran is being planned in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Government of Iran.
He further added that meetings of Group of Ministers are held at regular intervals and four such meetings have taken place. Cabinet Secretary is also taking regular review meetings with all related Ministries including Health, Defense, External Affairs, Civil Aviation, Home, Textiles, Commerce, Pharmaceuticals and other officials including with State Chief Secretaries. The Minister further added that the Government of India is in regular touch with WHO headquarters, regional office, and country office to get updates on evolving scenarios. The Minister said that the Government, industry, tourism sector are all working in cooperation. He said that all the concerned agencies are in contact with each other round the clock.
Preventive Measures to curb the Spread of Corona Virus Disease
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