nCoV testing counters in NE airports

Guwahati/Aizawl, Feb 3 (IANS) | Publish Date: 2/3/2020 10:07:06 AM IST

In view of the Novel Coronavirus threat in China, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) with the help of the concerned state governments has set up screening and testing counters in most of the airports of northeast India, a top AAI official said on Monday.

Officials in Mizoram capital Aizawl said that two people, who had returned to the state from China early January, have been kept under house quarantine in view of the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus in the neighbouring country.

An official of Mizoram Health Department said that though both the person did not show any sign of being infected with the virus and both of them tested negative for the deadly virus, they were put under house quarantine as a precautionary measure.

AAI Regional Executive Director (NER) Sanjeev Jindal said that the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport in Guwahati is the only airport in the northeast region from where the international flight operations took place with Singapore and Bhutan.

He told IANS that following the standard operating procedure (SOP) received from the central government, a special screening, testing and checking counter with the help of the Assam government has been functioning at the Guwahati airport since last week.

A special ambulance is also kept ready at the Guwahati airport and an isolated unit has also created in a Guwahati hospital for the suspected patient. Similar such screening and testing counters were set up in the other major airports including Agartala’s Maharaja Bir Bikram airport, Lengpui airport in Mizoram and Imphal airport in Manipur.

Jindal said that the Coronavirus screening teams at the Guwahati airport has been equipped with various instruments including infrared thermometer to check body temperature and other symptoms.

“No case of the Coronavirus suspect has been detected in the northeast India. No reason to be panicky. None should not be hide any kind of symptom. Airlines have been asked to to give announcement before landing so that the doubtful or suspected passengers could be able to screen and test them,” the AAI Regional Executive Director said.

37 Meghalaya students return from China

SHILLONG, FEB 3: 37 Students who are studying medical in China have returned to Meghalaya the following the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV), a cousin of the SARS virus in the neighbouring country, an official said on Monday

Altogether 13 South Korean tourists and another person from Meghalaya who had returned from Vietnam are also under medical surveillance.

“No symptoms of the disease have been reported so far. However, the students and tourists are under medical surveillance daily,” State’s Health and Family Welfare, Spokesperson, Dr. M Marbaniang said.

She said most of the students are pursuing higher studies, especially medicine, in China’s Wangdong province, Sichuan province and Yunnan province.

“We have not collected any blood samples so far as there are no symptoms of the diseases. However, we have restricted them to stay indoors and wear mask,” Marbaniang said.

She also said the health department has activated the Integrated Disease Surveillance Team and Rapid Response Team to tackle the disease in case of any outbreak.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek has also appealed to the people not to panic as there is no case of the virus in Meghalaya. (Correspondent)

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