New Delhi: Hours after two fresh cases of coronavirus were reported in the country, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday evening decided to expand the universal screening of all passengers arriving in flights from Italy and Iran besides the flights from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. Also Read - Passengers Undergoing Screening at 21 Airports, 12 Seaports: Harsh Vardhan on Coronavirus
Issuing a statement, the DGCA stated that the universal screening is made mandatory for all passengers coming from Italy and Iran. Also Read - Two New Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Delhi And Telangana, Says Centre
Last week, the DGCA stated that passengers arriving in India from another four Asian countries such as Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia, will have to undergo medical screening at the airports as part of the efforts to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: 85 Indian Students Send SOS From Italy, Seek Early Evacuation
Prior to this, the DGCA had also asked for the screening of passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore.
“In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus 2019) disease in India, it has been decided to expand the universal screening of all passengers arriving in flights from Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia besides the flights from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore,” the DGCA had said in a notification.
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, India on February 27 India had cancelled all flight operations from Iran. Notably, two Iranian airlines — Mahan Air and Iran Air — operate from Iran to Indian cities.
The decision was taken as Iran has reported 245 cases of coronavirus. Over 26 people have died of the infection since the beginning of the outbreak in Iran.
Besides, Pakistan has also announced the suspension of flight operations to and from Iran after 2 cases of coronavirus were reported in the country.