New Delhi: While Wuhan was at the centrestage of Coronavirus scare — with all focus concentrated on bringing Indians back from Wuhan — most of India’s cases of coronavirus have been imported from either Iran or Italy. On Saturday, India reported three fresh cases. Two of them had travel history in Iran, while one of them has come from Oman. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Cases Jump in Iran, Italy; Swab Samples of 100 Indians Brought to Delhi From Tehran
The first three cases reported in Kerala were from Wuhan. The group of Italian tourists who arrived in India before the screening started is another source. The Agra cases were infected from the Delhi man who visited Italy. Also Read - Over 70 Trapped as China Hotel Used as Coronavirus Quarantine Collapses
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Authorities to segregate passengers from 12 countries at airports
Passengers from 12 countries will be segregated from other passengers till the conveyer belt areas at airports, an official said on Saturday, amid rising concerns over coronavirus infections. This is part of a series of measures initiated by the Indian authorities to curb spreading of coronavirus, against the backdrop of more than 30 people testing positive for the infection in the country.
Passengers arriving from China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Hongkong, Vietnam, Nepal and Indonesia would be segregated from other arriving passengers.
Evacuation of Indians in Iran
More than 100 swab samples of Indians in Iran who are suspected of having coronavirus infection were brought to the national capital on Saturday in a flight, which returned to Tehran with nearly 200 Iranians, according to officials. Six scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have been stationed in Iran. Equipment and reagents, worth approximately Rs 10 crore, have been dispatched to enable them to set up a lab there.
Rajasthan cases negative
Amid the rising panic, what brought relief was that barring those of an Italian couple, all the 280 samples collected from suspected coronavirus cases in Rajasthan have tested negative, officials said.