Dimapur, January 29: The Government of Nagaland on Wednesday issued a fresh alert and travel advisory in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly novel Coronavirus (nCoV) advising citizens of Nagaland to refrain from travelling to China or affected countries.
Principal Director, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland, Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie advised citizens of the State to avoid all non essential travel to Wuhan, China or other countries where nCoV 2019 cases have occurred.
The 20 countries affected by nCoV so far are – China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Australia, United States, France, Germany, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Vietnam, Cambodia, Finland, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
“There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus,” said Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie.
Dr Suokhrie also requested any persons with travel history to China or the affected countries in the last 14 days to self declare or report to the numbers 7005415243, 9856071745 or 7005539653 or email to email@example.com for more information.
Meanwhile the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on Wednesday issued a fresh advisory advising Indian citizens to refrain from travelling to China. “New travel advisory on Novel #Coronavirus: Please refrain from travelling to #China,” the ministry said in a tweet.
The ministry also informed that the list of airports for screening passengers for symptoms of 2019-nCoV has been increased from seven to 21. This includes airports of Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Cochin, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Gaya, Bagdogra, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai, Trivandrum, Trichy, Varanasi, Vizag, Bhubaneswar and Goa.
The death toll in China due to the novel coronavirus increased to 132 on Wednesday, with 5,974 confirmed cases, as foreign governments started to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan city, the epicentre of the outbreak.
A 24×7 NCDC Call Centre (+91-11-23978046) has also been made operational to monitor the list of contacts furnished by the Ministry of External Affairs, provide details of district and state surveillance officers to those who seek them, and in case of any clinical query, direct the concerned to the relevant Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) officer.
Novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, but the current deadly strain of virus was not seen before.
It has emerged from a seafood and animal market in China’s Wuhan and is suspected to have spread to as far as the United States. (Page News Service with Agencies inputs)