New Delhi: In wake of coronavirus outbreak, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has exempted flight crews from Breath Analyser tests for 15 days at Kerala’s Calicut, Kannur, Trivandrum and Cochin airports. Following the exemption, crew operating flights out of these airports need to mandatorily undergo post-flight BA at the next immediate station. The decision was taken after three positive cases was reported from Kerala.

All three are students, who had returned from Wuhan– the epicenter of the epidemic. Kerala health minister KK Shailaja had informed that they are responding to treatment.  Earlier on Sunday, in a bid to keep Indians safe from the outbreak of novel coronavirus, the DGCA barred the entry of foreigners who have been to Beijing on or after January 15, 2020.

The latest figures from the Chinese health officials show that 908 people lost their lives due to the n-CoV epidemic. Of the total 908, 871 deaths were reported from Hubei Province. Notably, the death toll has surpassed the number of fatalities caused by the SARS epidemic in 2003.

Earlier on Sunday, PM Modi wrote a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, extending him help to tackle the epidemic. Modi in the letter expressed solidarity with people of China and President Jinping over the outbreak of coronavirus. He also offered condolences over the loss of lives in the country.’