India to screen air-travellers from 4 more Asian nations

Kashmir Times. Dated: 2/24/2020 12:42:06 AM

NEW DELHI, Feb 23 (Agencies): Amid no end to the coronavirus outbreak, Indian aviation watchdog DGCA has decided to expand screening operations for passengers arriving from Nepal, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Releasing a statement, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said, "It has been decided to expand the universal screening of passengers arriving in flights from Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia."
The new list of nations comes in addition to the existing screening of flights arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore. As per protocol, all arrivals from these locations are being tested even if they are not showing any symptoms. As part of the Centre's efforts to management of Novel Coronavirus (COVID19), 21,805 passengers have been brought under community surveillance. In addition, 3,97,152 flight passengers and 9,695 travellers at sea ports have been screened.
The COVID-19 viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 78,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. China reported another 97 deaths in its daily update on Sunday, taking its total to 2,442, plus another 648 new infections. China's infection rate has slowed sharply from earlier in the epidemic, but repeated Chinese flip-flopping over counting methods has sowed confusion over its data.
South Korea also reported a sharp jump in coronavirus cases on Sunday, while Italy and Iran took drastic containment steps as worldwide fears over the epidemic spiralled higher.



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