New Delhi: Soon after the officials of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs said the Central government is taking enough steps to contain the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government is fully vigilant about the situation. He also said that the Central ministries and states have taken multiple steps to ensure the safety of all. However, he advised everyone not to panic over the situation. Also Read - Coronavirus: Two More Test Positive in Maharashtra, Total Cases Rise to 14 in State
“The Government is fully vigilant about the situation due to COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Across ministries and states, multiple steps have been proactively taken to ensure the safety of all. These steps are wide-ranging, from the suspension of visas to augmenting healthcare capacities,” PM Modi said in a series of tweets. Also Read - Why No Tweet From Modi, Shah? Congress 'Pained' at Maharaja Scindia's Treatment
Asking everyone to avoid non-essential travels, PM Modi said no minister of the Central government will travel abroad in the upcoming days.
“Say No to Panic, Say Yes to Precautions. No Minister of the Central Government will travel abroad in the upcoming days. I urge our countrymen to also avoid non-essential travel. We can break the chain of spread and ensure the safety of all by avoiding large gatherings,” he said in another tweet.
Earlier in the day, the officials of the Health Ministry addressed a press conference and said that that three planes will be sent to Iran over next three days to bring back Indians stranded in the coronavirus-hit country.
Talking about evacuating Indians from coronavirus-affected countries, the officials said so far, the Central government has evacuated 900 Indian citizens along with 48 belonging to other nations like Maldives, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, US, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa, and Peru.
Prior to this, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Lok Sabha said that during his latest visit to Jammu and Kashmir, he assured the families of Indian students who are stranded in Iran that the government will facilitate their evacuation at the earliest possible.
“I visited Srinagar recently and took the initiative to meet the parents of some of the students who are in Iran. Their anxiety at this time is completely understandable. I shared with them in details, the ground situation and sought their understanding,” the External Affairs Minister told the Lok Sabha.
As per latest updates, over 6000 Indian nationals are stranded in various provinces of Iran, including 1100 pilgrims mainly from Ladakh and Maharashtra, about 1000 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Gujarat.