New Delhi: At a time when more number of suspected cases of coronavirus are increasing across the country, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday assured to not to worry and get into a panic. He further confirmed that the virus has not entered the country as yet. To take a precautionary measure, he stated that all hospitals have been asked to make isolation wards. Also Read - Coronavirus Explained: As Virus Spreads, Here's All You Need to Know About it
“There is nothing to panic, coronavirus has not come to India. We have taken all precautionary measures. All hospitals have been asked to make isolation wards, we have launched a helpline number,” Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Three People Quarantined at Delhi's RML Hospital; 5 Under Observation in Kerala
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The Union Health Minister further said, “We are in contact with Chinese authorities to bring back Indians from China. Once they are brought back they will be kept in quarantine for 2 weeks and necessary medical facilities will be provided to them.”
The development comes after three people suspected to be affected by the coronavirus were on Tuesday kept under observation at an isolation ward of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in the national capital.
Confirming the news, Dr Minakshi Bhardwaj, Medical Superintendent of RML Hospital, told ANi: “Three patients have been kept in the isolation for possible exposure to novel coronavirus. Their samples have been sent for testing.”
On Monday, it was reported that 3 people from Telangana, 1 each From Bihar and Rajasthan were undergoing treatment at different hospitals for suspected coronavirus.
The Health Ministry on Monday updated that a total of 33,552 passengers arriving in India from China in 155 flights have been screened for the virus.
As per updates, the death toll from the deadly coronavirus in Wuhan province of China has gone up to 106 on Tuesday. The virus has also affected more than 4,000 people in the country.