New Delhi: With the objective to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday asked all private radio and TV channels to give adequate publicity to the travel advisory which was issued by the Health Ministry. Also Read - Milan 2020: Indian Navy Postpones Naval Exercise Amid Fears of Coronavirus Outbreak
The development comes after the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare earlier in the day issued the travel advisory, a day after two fresh cases of coronavirus were reported in the country. Also Read - ‘Take Specific Measures to Combat Coronavirus’: DGCA Issues Fresh Guidelines to Airlines, Airports
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Central government has suspended all regular visas/e-visas granted on or before March 3 to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, who have not yet entered India. Also Read - To Prevent Spread of Coronavirus, Twitter Asks Employees to Work From Home
Through the advisory, the Central government also suspended visa on arrival (VoA) issued by March 3 to Japan and South Korea nationals who have not yet entered India.
Issuing the fresh advisory, the I&B Ministry asked all the private satellite news channels and private FM radio channels to publicise the travel advisory to the maximum effect.
“Electronic media has always been in the forefront to carry such message as it is a powerful tool to reach out to the people in the country. In order to make this effort successful, it has been felt that support, assistance and contribution of private TV channels and FM radio channels will be of immense use,” the advisory stated.
Earlier in the day, the DGCA also issued guidelines to the airlines and asked them to ensure that aircraft arriving from South Korea, Japan and Italy are subjected to disinfection process.
“Ground handling staff entering international flights should have disposable protective gears like surgical masks, gloves. Advisable that crew on all flights have protective gears like surgical masks and gloves,” the DGCA said.