New Delhi, January 30: As India on Thursday confirmed its first case of the deadly new strain of coronavirus on its soil with a student from Wuhan University testing positive, the Union Government announced that all travellers from China since January 15 last shall be tested for the virus.
At a high-level review meeting on preparedness for Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) held by the Union Health Minister, Cabinet Secretary and Health Secretary, the Cabinet Secretary reviewed the preparedness with the concerned Ministries of Health & Family Welfare, External Affairs, Defence, Home Affairs, Civil Aviation, Information & Broadcasting, Labour & Employment and Shipping, an official release here said.
Through video conferencing with the Chief Secretaries of the State and UTs taken by the Cabinet Secretary, it was decided that all those who have come from China after January 15 shall be tested as there is an incubation period for the virus.
Following today’s meeting, the Cabinet Secretary also stressed upon the need for 14 days home isolation for all those who have returned from China.
The Government has also advised that a trip to China should be avoided.
As part of the steps to curb spread of the virus, States have been advised to open control rooms, appoint a nodal officer and popularize the control room number. Also IEC materials will be prepared in local language by the concerned states. (Agencies)