Two passengers travelling through Kolkata international airport from Bangkok, have been placed in isolation for suspected Coronavirus(COVID-19).
Director of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kaushik Bhattacharjee informed the media that a passenger named Himadri Barman was quarantined on Tuesday, and one Nagendra Singh was quarantined on Wednesday. Both of them have been sent to Beliaghata ID Hospital.
Earlier a passenger called Anita Oraon was quarantined after a thermal scanning. At present three passengers of the international airport have been referred to the hospital.
Continuous screening of passengers coming from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand is being done at Kolkata Airport at four dedicated aerobridges with health check-up facilities.
Till date, 21792 passengers have been screened at the Airport.
Already two airlines which had direct flights between Kolkata and China have suspended their flights.
Addressing the media, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare recently said that India is prepared through its various timely measures and sturdy systems of surveillance for Novel Coronavirus.
He also said that a high-level Group of Ministers consisting of Minister of External Affairs, Minister of Civil Aviation, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Minister of State for Shipping and Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare has been constituted under his Chairmanship to monitor the situation.
“We have put all resources at our disposal to prevent/contain an outbreak of novel coronavirus in India” he was quoted as saying.
He also said that elaborate measures have been taken by the Government and that guidelines have been issued to the States on surveillance, sample collection, packaging and transportation, infection prevention and control, and clinical management.
India is continuing its surveillance at 21 Airports, 12 major ports, 65 minor ports and at 6 land crossings.
A cumulative of 2, 51, 447 persons (2315 flights) have been screened so far with 3 suspected cases and 161 contacts have been identified. 5491 and 285 passengers and crew has been screened at major and minor ports respectively.
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