New Delhi: After the confirmed cases of coronavirus went up to 43 in the country, the Haryana government on Monday decided to exempt its employees from marking attendance through the biometric system till March 31. The decision has been taken as a preventive measure in view of coronavirus scare. Also Read - Coronavirus: IAF's C-17 Globemaster, That Brought Back Stranded Indians From China, to Leave For Iran Today

“Necessary directions have been issued in this regard to all Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Divisional Commissioners, Managing Directors/Chief Administrators of Boards and Corporations, Deputy Commissioners/ Sub Divisional Officers and the Registrars of Universities,” the state government said in a statement. Also Read - Coronavirus: Air India Express Passengers Can Reschedule Tickets Freely Between March 12 And 31

As part of the preventive measure, the state government officials have been asked to mark their attendance in registers during this period. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases Rise to 43, Health Minister Holds Review Meeting, Says ‘Issued Guidelines to All States’  

“As coronavirus is most commonly transmitted through infected surfaces, all state government employees may refrain from using this mode of marking attendance to mitigate the spread of the virus,” the statement added.

The development comes after 35 samples of suspected coronavirus cases have been reported in the state. These samples have been sent for testing till March 8, of which 32 have been found to be negative while the results of three are awaited.

As per updates, the number of coronavirus cases in India has gone up to 43 with four people in Kerala tested positive for the virus.

After the fourth coronavirus case was reported in Delhi, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan held a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as well as senior officials.

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

As a preventive step, Vardhan said that a total of 8,74,708 international passengers from 8,255 flights have been screened at airports till now with 1,921 passengers identified as symptomatic.