New Delhi: Amid global fear and concerns over the rising number of coronavirus cases, India reported two new cases on Thursday. Two passengers who arrived at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport from Bangkok have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Airports Authority of India officials said. Also Read - 'Do Everything Possible': Imran Khan Posts Two Tweets on Coronavirus, Gets Trolled
With this, a total of three passengers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Kolkata. Also Read - Shocking Jump in Coronavirus cases: 242 Deaths, 14,840 New Cases; 'New Method of Diagnosis,' Says China
A passenger called Himadri Barman tested positive on Tuesday, and Nagendra Singh tested positive on Wednesday, the Director of NSCBI Airport, Kaushik Bhattacharjee, told PTI. Both of them were sent to Beliaghata ID Hospital, he said. “Earlier a passenger called Anita Oraon had also tested positive during thermal scanning,” Bhattacharjee said. Also Read - Two Indian Crew Members Onboard Cruise Ship Test Positive For Coronavirus in Japan
A passenger onboard SpiceJet’s Bangkok-Delhi flight was quarantined after landing at Delhi airport after the airline suspected he was infected with the coronavirus.
“On February 13, 2020, a passenger travelling on SpiceJet flight SG-88 operating between Bangkok and Delhi was suspected of Coronavirus infection,” the SpiceJet spokesperson said. “He was seated on seat no. 31F and was the only passenger in that row. The said passenger was quarantined by Airport Health Organisation (APHO) after landing in Delhi,” he added.
In India, the screening of passengers is on in all 21 airports, 12 major Seaports and border crossings. In all 2,148 flights, over 2,32,613 passengers have been screened until last week. According to the health ministry, all Indian evacuees from Wuhan have tested negative for nCoV.
On Thursday, the number of fatalities and new cases from China’s coronavirus outbreak made a dramatic jump — with 242 more deaths and nearly 15,000 extra patients in hard-hit Hubei province. The leap is due to a change in the method of diagnosis, the authorities said.
(With Agency Inputs)