SpiceJet says passenger on board Bangkok-Delhi flight suspected of coronavirus
The passenger was quarantined by the Airport Health Organisation after the plane landed at Delhi airport.
A passenger on board a Bangkok-Delhi flight was quarantined on Thursday after he was suspected of having contracted the novel coronavirus, SpiceJet said.
The passenger was quarantined by the Airport Health Organisation after the plane landed at Delhi airport, it said.
"On February 13, 2020, a passenger travelling on SpiceJet flight SG-88 operating between Bangkok and Delhi was suspected of Coronavirus infection," the SpiceJet spokesperson said.
"He was seated on seat no. 31F and was the only passenger in that row. The said passenger was quarantined by Airport Health Organisation (APHO) after landing in Delhi," he added.
Earlier this week, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the Centre is taking full-fledged preventive measures with respect to the outbreak. The epidemic has so far claimed 1,350 lives and infected over 60,000 people worldwide.
Meanwhile, a group of Ministers (GOM) on Thursday reviewed current status, and actions for prevention and management of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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“The GOM was also briefed that as of today, a total of 2,315 flights have been screened covering a total of 2,49,447 passengers. Screening of passengers is ongoing in 21 airports, international seaports and border crossings particularly with Nepal. Universal screening in all flights from Japan and South Korea, besides China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand have been included,” the government said in a statement.
“Further, 15,991 people are presently under community surveillance in 34 States/UTs. Out of a total of 1,671 samples sent for testing, only 3 were found positive as reported earlier,” added the statement.