China coronavirus: India screens over 9,000 passengers from 43 flights, no cases found
The Indian Embassy in China has been regularly providing the Health Ministry with updates on the status of the infected cases in that country.
The Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday that a total 9,156 passengers from 43 flights were screened for novel coronavirus till Tuesday at the seven identified airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
According to Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, till now, no cases have been detected through these screening efforts.
Sudan further said the Indian Embassy in China has been regularly providing the Health Ministry with updates on the status of the infected cases in that country.
Novel #coronavirus update:— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) January 22, 2020
9156 passengers from 43 flights screened for novel Coronavirus (nCoV).
No case of nCoV has been detected.@PMOIndia@drharshvardhan@AshwiniKChoubey@NITIAayog@MoCA_GoI@AAI_Official@MEAIndia@PIB_Indiahttps://t.co/1iFxrMIEh7
Novel #CoronaVirus— PIB India (@PIB_India) January 22, 2020
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Sudan said the Embassy has informed that a total of 440 cases of pneumonia with novel coronavirus were confirmed in China and nine people have died till Wednesday.
"Cases have been reported in 14 provinces (including Taiwan) and municiplalities as well," said the Health Secretary.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the coronavirus that started from Chinese city of Wuhan has risen to nine, with several cases reported across China. The virus has spread to Thailand and South Korea.The US has also reported a case of the virus, raising concerns across the world.
The World Health Organization convened an emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday for deciding whether the fast spreading outbreak is a “public health emergency of international concern", and what recommendations should be made to tackle it.
Coronavirus are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to deadly Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
China had earlier confirmed that human-to-human transmission of the virus had taken place.
Authorities said that the country is now at the critical stage of prevention and control.
The virus, known also as 2019-nCoV, is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans.
Symptoms of the infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.