As the death toll climbs to 811 in China, a total of 9,452 persons, who had arrived in the country in recent past from China and other countries, have been kept under community surveillance in 32 States/UTs.
As of February 9th, 2020, 1,818 flights and 1,97,192 passengers were screened so far at 21 Airports.
Universal screening for all flights from Singapore and Thailand besides Hong Kong and China is already ongoing at earmarked aero-bridges. The screening of passengers is now on in all 21 airports, International Seaports and border crossings, a PIB statement mentioned.
The containment and prevention activities are being taken up on utmost priority. All the states are continually strengthening their rapid response teams to counter any eventuality, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
1,510 samples have been tested and 1,507 samples were found negative except for three samples which had tested positive already from Kerala.
Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar said that 80 Indian students are still left in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak.
He added that 10 of these students out of the total 80 Indian students still in Wuhan were running a fever so the Chinese authority did not allow them to board the special Air India flight and the remaining 70 students stayed back voluntarily.
Jaishankar also mentioned that the Indian Embassy in China is constantly in touch with these students and their well being is monitored.
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