Coronavirus outbreak: Army sets up quarantine facility for 300 Indians returning from Wuhan

Coronavirus outbreak: Army sets up quarantine facility for 300 Indians returning from Wuhan

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 31

The Indian Army has set up a quarantine facility at Manesar in Haryana for the 300 Indians returning from Wuhan on an Air India fight on Friday.

According to sources in the Health Ministry, another quarantine for 600 people is being set up in Delhi by ITBP.

As the WHO declared novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern earlier on Friday, India firmed up the plan to evacuate its nationals from China.

Air India’s Boeing 747 left from Delhi airport at 12.30 pm to bring back Indians from Wuhan.

Top government sources said the plane was readied with medical kits and other equipment to address all contingency. Flying time between Delhi and Wuhan is six hours.

Air India crew was also been given masks and other protective equipment and won’t de-board at Wuhan. Nor will the crew interact with passengers. Government sources said everything of requirement for passengers to be boarded had been placed on each seat, including food packets.

India saw the first case of the infection in Kerala on Thursday. Globally the disease has reached 21 countries outside mainland China. In China it has killed 213 people as of now.

Earlier, WHO DG declared n CoV a public health emergency of international concern citing rapid global spread.

Previously, five public health emergencies of international concern have been declared:  2009 H1N1, 2014 polio, 2014 Ebola in West Africa, 2016 Zika, 2019 Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Global spread 

Number of n-CoV cases outside China are in Thailand (14), Singapore (10), Australia (5), USA (5), Japan (8), South Korea (4), Malaysia (7), France (4), Vietnam (2) Canada (2), Nepal (1), Cambodia (1), Sri Lanka (1) Germany (4), UAE (4), Hong Kong (10), Macao (7), Taiwan (8), Finland (1), Angola (1) and India (1).

Screening data from 21 Indian airports

Total flights screened: 234

Total passengers screened: 43,346 

Lab support: NIV Pune which has adequate lab reagents to test 5,000 samples

49 samples tested so far; 48 negative; one positive

Indian helpline

011 2397 8046

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