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 - Male Nurse Rapes COVID Patient in Bhopal Hospital, Victim Dies Within 24 Hrs; Incident Surfaces After a Month
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 - Lockdown in Delhi: How Dangerous is Lifting Restrictions? ICMR Chief Explains
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 - Wriddhiman Saha Tests Positive For Coronavirus For Second Time
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.