New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: T he Centre on Monday decided to take steps for possible evacuation of over 250 Indians from Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, and announced a raft of precautionary measures to deal with suspected cases.
A meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba reviewed India’s preparedness to deal with the virus amid mounting global concern over increasing number of cases in China and several other countries.
In India, no case has been detected so far though nearly 450 people have been kept under observation in the country, most of them in Kerala, following screening for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus. Some, who have returned from China in recent weeks, have approached medical authorities as a precautionary step.
Till Monday, a total 33,552 passengers arriving in India from China in 155 flights have been screened. “4,359 passengers in 18 flights from China screened today (on Monday) for nCoV. No (positive) case has been found in the country so far,” a senior health official said.