COVID-19 count reaches 39 in India

COVID-19 count reaches 39 in India
Passengers passing through the thermal screening test at Dimapur airport.
NEW DELHI/ ITANAGAR, MAR 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/8/2020 11:57:13 AM IST

India on Sunday recorded five more cases of deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the total number of confirmed cases to 39.

Five more people from Kerala, three with recent travel history to Italy, have tested positive for coronavirus following which the state has been put on high alert, Kerala Health minister K.K. Shailaja said on Sunday.

The three, a couple and their son, had evaded health screening at the airport on their return about a week ago and all the five hail from Ranni in Pathnamthitta district, Shailaja said. “As of now their condition is stable. But there is need to take extra care”, the minister added.

Meanwhile, the Union health ministry said more than 150 people, who had come in contact with two American nationals who tested positive for coronavirus in Bhutan and had toured various placed in India, have been put under Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).

State govt issues travel advisory 

DIMAPUR, MAR 8 (NPN): In view of the emerging global scenario regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), the state government has advised all citizens to refrain or postpone travel to all affected countries with COVID-19 as per the Travel Advisory issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, on March 3. 

Further, departments and Educational institutions have been advised to avoid non-essential travel as well as excursions or educational tours outside the state till the situation is contained, H&FW secretary, Wezope Kenye stated.

Centre issues fresh travel advisory: Central government on Saturday issued a fresh travel advisory for citizens in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country. Health ministry advised Indian citizens to refrain from traveling to China, Iran, Republic of Korea, Italy and Japan and advised to avoid non-essential travel to other coronavirus affected countries. On visa restrictions, the government reiterated that all regular (sticker) visas/e-visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and issued on or before March 3, 2020 who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect.

“Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate,” the statement from the ministry of health said.

It added, “Regular (sticker) visa/e-visa granted to nationals of China, issued on or before February 5, 2020 were suspended earlier. It shall remain in force. Those needing to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.”

“Regular (sticker) visas/e-visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan on or after February 1, 2020 and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect. 

Those requiring traveling to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate,” the government said.

Passengers (foreign and Indian) other than those restricted, arriving directly or indirectly from

China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia,

Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan must undergo medical screening at port of entry.

The government said that in addition to visa restrictions already in place, passengers traveling from/having visited Italy or Korea and desirous of entering India will need a certificate of having tested negative for coronavirus from the designated laboratories authorized by the health authorities of these countries. “This will be enforced from 0000 hours of March 10, 2020, and is a temporary measure till cases of Covid-19 subside.

“All international passengers entering into India are required to furnish duly filled self-declaration form (including personal particulars i.e. phone no. and address in India) to health officials and immigration officials and undergo universal health screening at the designated health counters at all points of entry,” the ministry added.

Arunachal bans entry of foreigners 

As preventive measure, following the spread of coronavirus worldwide,  the Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to temporarily suspend issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs) to foreigners, officials said on Sunday.

State chief secretary Naresh Kumar directed all PAP issuing authorities to suspend the issue of permits till further orders, they said. “It is learnt that Covid-19 positive cases have been detected in India and the numbers have been increasing. It is also learnt that the spread of the coronavirus in India is primarily from visitors who had history of travelling abroad recently or through tourists who have visited India,” the government order said.

“In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Arunachal Pradesh, it has been decided to temporarily suspend issuing Protected Area Permit (PAP)...,” it added. The move comes days after Sikkim announced similar curbs on visit of foreigners. 



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