Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday addressed media on coronavirus in India. He said that “Total of 402 people were kept in ITBP medical facility. All of them have been tested negative and their condition is stable.” Adding, he said, “Ship Diamond Princess (of Japan) has been quarantined. Two Indian crew members on board the ship have been tested positive. Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs is keeping a close watch on it.”
Also, Harsh Vardhan said that 2, 51,447 airport passengers have been screened so far. The screening is also being done at 12 major and 65 minor ports, he added. “With the help of Ministry of External Affairs, we are sending some medical supplies, equipments and other materials to China as a goodwill measure,” Harsh Vardhan said.
He further said that “We are looking after the three cases in India very minutely. We have traced their contact history and we are really grateful that everybody is contributing. We are doing everything, so do not panic.”
Harsh Vardhan added: “Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya briefed me that his ministry has stocked medicines and other necessary requirements if any untoward incident like China occurs here.”
The final sample collection of all 406 people housed at quarantine facility of Indo-Tibetan Border Police was being done by the team of doctors. 406 people returning from Wuhan, China, including 7 Maldives nationals were being looked after at ITBP’s Chhawla camp.
The death toll in China has risen to 1,310 so far. On Wednesday, Hubei province, the epicenter of coronavirus, witnessed a record 242 deaths in a single day.