According to the official figures released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, on 10 March 2020 a total of 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported across the country. Since all the reported cases have their roots in persons with travel history abroad, it is imperative to take a look on how a screening system is placed in this regard. Earlier, we documented the recent measures that the government has taken to fight Coronavirus in our article India’s Fight Against Novel Coronavirus – Know Facts and Don’t Be a Rahul Gandhi .
Checks on Travel
- An advisory has been issued for passengers with travel history to China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Iran, Malaysia, France, Spain and Germany to undergo self-imposed quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival.
- Employers of persons with such travel history are advised to facilitate work-from-home for such employees during this period.
- All regular Visas (including e Visas) which have been granted to nationals of France, Germany and Spain on or before 11 March 2020 and where these foreigners have not yet entered India stands suspended.
- Regular visas (including e Visas) granted to all foreign nationals who have travel history to these countries on or after 1 February 2020 and who have not yet entered India also stands suspended.
No Deaths Related to Coronavirus
You might have come across a claim in any social media that a Coronavirus suspect death was reported from Ladakh. However, it has been clarified through the press release of MoHFW that the two deaths reported from Murshidabad and Ladakh in the media were not due to the COVID-19 virus, after results of samples sent to government laboratories came out.
After the initial 44 positive cases, 4 positive cases were reported from Bengaluru, with 3 cases reporting a travel history to the United States of America (USA) via Dubai, and another reporting travel history from USA via Heathrow, London. Another 2 positive cases were reported from Pune – these cases too were linked to travel to Dubai. Of the total 50 cases, 34 cases are Indian nationals and 16 are Italians.
A Holi well spent !
Heartening to see that #coronavirus patients admitted in various hospitals are recovering well.
Proud of doctors & all staff at Medanta & Safdarjung hosp who connected me directly to patients on video calls.
Praying for perfect recovery of each one of them. pic.twitter.com/bIVN1AuvQB
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) March 10, 2020
More than 1,400 contacts have been put under surveillance for these positive cases. 404 Indian contacts of the American citizen tested positive for COVID-19 in Bhutan have been identified and put under surveillance in Assam.
The first batch of 58 evacuees from Iran arrived on 10 March 2020 with 25 men, 31 women and 2 children on board. All the evacuees are being monitored and are reported to be clinically stable.