THE Indian Armed Forces are maintaining a tight vigil along the borders with China and Nepal in view of the coronavirus outbreak in China, Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) Director General Anup Banerji said on Thursday. The Government has sanctioned 10 research laboratories to screen and test samples of various pathogens, including the coronavirus, Lt General Banerji said. He was talking to reporters during a conference at the Armed Forces Medical College in Maharashtra’s Pune city. To a question, he said the Armed Forces were taking stringent and foolproof action to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus infection on the country’s borders adjoining China and Nepal.
“We are keeping a tight vigil at check-posts along the Nepal and China borders, as these areas are very porous,” he said. He said the AFMS has responded to this national call and all stakeholders in the Government and the defence are also pitching-in. several Indians evacuated from Wuhan. were being provided all medical help at the quarantine facilities set up by the Army and ITBP. The Government has already sanctioned 10 labs to carry out research on viruses and these could also be used for screening and testing samples for coronavirus, if required, Lt Gen Banerji said. At present, the testing of samples for coronavirus was being done at the National Institute of Virology in Pune and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, he added.
The death toll in China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has gone up to 563, while the total confirmed cases rose sharply to 28,018, Chinese health officials said on Thursday. All 645 evacuated test negative NEW DELHI : ALL 645 people evacuated from China’s Wuhan city, who were kept in isolation at Army Base and ITBP camps, tested negative for coronavirus, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. It said that as of February 6, 1,38,750 passengers from 1,265 flights had been screened for novel coronavirus illness but no new case was detected. India has so far reported three confirmed cases of nCoV from Kerala. Three medical students studying at the Wuhan University who returned to India recently tested positive for the virus. Besides, 510 samples were tested by ICMR network laboratories, of which all had tested negative except for the three already reported positive cases.
The three cases are clinically stable, the ministry said in a statement. It said that all 645 people evacuated from Wuhan, who were kept in isolation at Army Base and ITBP camps, tested negative for coronavirus. Community surveillance and contact tracing is going on by IDSP for 6,558 persons across 32 states/UTs. The Fourth Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) meeting was held on Thursday under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to discuss various technical issues, including review period of follow up required for asymptomatic travellers from China. The Health Ministry in coordination with central ministries and all states/UTs is taking adequate measures for management of nCoV in India.