New Delhi: At a time when the death toll from the deadly coronavirus has reached 2,345 in China and is still spreading to a number countries, the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), as part of efforts to prevent spreading of coronavirus, on Sunday ordered screening of passengers from four more countries — Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Fears, Few Delhi Schools to Use Robot Pepe To Teach Kids About Handwashing
Issuing a statement, the DGCA said it has been decided to expand universal screening of all passengers arriving in flights from Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. Also Read - Philippine Couples Kiss Each Other Wearing Surgical Masks At Mass Wedding Amid Coronavirus
As per the directive from the DGCA, fliers from 10 countries would be screened at Indian airports. Earlier passengers from six countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore were being screened at Indian airports in the wake of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (CONVID 19). Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Death Toll Reaches 2,346 in China, 2 in Italy; 123 Infected in South Korea
“The screening must be ensured immediately once they step out of the specific locations at all the airports and getting the self-declaration form filled by the passengers as per the instructions of the health and family welfare ministry,” the directive from the DGCA said.
For the screening at the airport, the DGCA said all airlines should make an in-flight announcement in flights coming from these countries.
In another development, the Mumbai airport stated that it has started screening passengers coming from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Nepal for coronavirus as a preventive measure.
The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) said it is already screening passengers from China, Honk Kong, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea.
As per the latest update, the deadly coronavirus has claimed 2,345 lives with 109 more fatalities in mainland China, while the confirmed cases of infection have gone up to 76,288.