New Delhi: At a time when the coronavirus cases have gone up to 43 in the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday held a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and said he has discussed with Delhi government to prepare for isolation wards, quarantine facilities and availability of doctors. Also Read - Coronavirus: Suspected Patient in Karnataka Skips COVID-19 Test, Search on

“We have discussed with Delhi government to prepare for isolation wards, quarantine facilities, availability of doctors, contact tracing and other precautions, if the cases increase,” Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said. Also Read - Can Ayurveda Help us Prevent Coronavirus Disease?



He also added that all states have been asked to form an early rapid action team to deal with the coronavirus.



“On 18 January, we started universal screening at 7 airports and now 30 airports have been put under screening. All passengers coming from other countries are being screened at the airports. So far, 8,74,708 passengers have been screened,” Vardhan said.

He further added that the Health Ministry has sent scientists and labs to Iran where Indian pilgrims are stranded in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. “When we will get custom clearance then they will start working. Right now we are bringing samples from there and when the report of that sample will come negative, we will bring them back,” he said.

Vardhan also said the Central government is prepared to deal with novel coronavirus and his ministry is sending directives, including guidelines, to states in all the languages on ways to contain it.

“We are sending detailed guidelines to all states on ways to contain coronavirus. Have asked states to strengthen laboratories and manpower to effectively deal with coronavirus and form early rapid action teams,” Vardhan said.

He said this after holding a review meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, mayors of the Municipal Corporations of Delhi and senior officials of various departments.

On the other hand, Kejriwal said that his government is working in close coordination with the Centre to deal with the novel coronavirus.