In view of the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Airport Authority of India (AAI) with the help of the state governments has set up screening and testing counters in the airports of Northeast.
As per the standard operating procedure (SOP) received from the central government, a special screening, testing and checking counter has been functioning at the airports in the Northeast.
No case of the coronavirus suspect has been detected in the Northeast region. Two people, who had returned to Manipur from China, have been kept under house quarantine as a precautionary measure.
It may be mentioned, the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati is the only airport in the Northeast region from where the international flight operations took place with Singapore and Bhutan.
A medical team has been deployed at the busy LGBI Airport to keep a tab on the inbound and outbound passengers. Two ambulances are also kept ready at the airport and an isolated unit has also created in at the Gauhati Medical Hospital and College for the suspected patient.
Similar such screening and testing counters were set up in the other major airports including Dibrugarh airport at Assam’s Mohanbari, Agartala’s Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, Lengpui airport in Mizoram and Imphal airport in Manipur.
On the other hand, the Centre has set up a task force on February 3rd, 2020 to monitor the situation with representatives from the Ministries of Health, Home, Civil Aviation and Women and Child Development.
The move came after Kerala reported the third case of coronavirus. The first case in India was also reported in Kerala a few days ago. The task force will discuss what all precautions need to be taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, India has suspended issuing electronic-visas, or e-visas, to Chinese passport holders and applicants of other nationalities residing in the world’s most populous country in wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The e-Visa facility for Chinese passport holders has been temporarily suspended and the e-Visa already issued to Chinese nationals is not valid temporarily. The government also said that the facility for submitting the application online for the physical visa from China is suspended.
In its advisory, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also said anyone with travel history to China since January 15 could be quarantined. The Ministry further mentioned that people having compelling reasons to visit India can contact the India embassy in Beijing or consulate in Shanghai or Guangzhou.
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