New Delhi: External affairs minister S Jaishankar has assured that India is in talks with Iran on logistics to bring Indian nationals back to India from coronavirus-hit Iran. The Centre had already sent four scientists to set up screening camps in Iran. The first clinic will be set up by Thursday evening, the external affairs minister said. Also Read - Fresh 20 Containment Zones Formed in Delhi in Last 24 Hours, Total Count Rises to 122 - Full List Here
Issuing a detailed statement in the Rajya Sabha on the coronavirus situation in India, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said that the government of India is following up with the Iran authorities for the well-being of the Indians stranded in Iran and their evacuation. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Extends Lockdown Till June 30 With Few Relaxations; India's COVID-19 Cases Surpass 1.73 Lakh | LIVE Updates
Going by the minister’s statement, screening of passengers was initiated in the country since 18th January 2020. Initially, airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi were covered and subsequently expanded in a total of 21 airports. As per the evolving situation, initially, Universal Screening was taken up for all passengers coming via direct flights from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand and Singapore. Also Read - COVID-19 Weekly Wrap | Nearly 50,000 Cases Reported in India in Last 7 Days; Experts Blame Lockdown Relaxations
Since Wednesday, directions have also been issued for Universal Screening for all international passengers coming in the country. Signages have been displayed at prominent places in airports and ports, In-flight announcements are being made and self -declaration forms are being filled up by all passengers. As on 4th March, a total of 6241 flights have been screened covering a total of 6,11,167 passengers. Teams of Specialist doctors were sent to all the airports to ensure effective screening and arrangement for isolation in the attached hospitals.