New Delhi: As the confirmed cases of coronavirus are on the rise across the country with the latest figure reaching 6, the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday issued advisory to all airlines, asking them to ensure that adequate protective gears like surgical masks, gloves are available in flights for passengers. Also Read - To Prevent Spread of Coronavirus, Twitter Asks Employees to Work From Home
In the guidelines, the DGCA asked the airlines to ensure that aircraft arriving from South Korea, Japan and Italy are subjected to disinfection process. Also Read - IndiGo Puts Cabin Crew on Home Observation After Hyderabad-Based Passenger Tests Positive For Coronavirus
“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.
The aviation regulator also stated that adequate hand sanitising facilities should be there at multiple locations in airports for staff and passengers. “Ensure that adequate protective gears like surgical masks, gloves are available in flights for passengers,” it said.
On March 2, the aviation regulator said all passengers coming from Italy and Iran would undergo thermal screening for novel coronavirus.
As per the earlier guidelines, passengers from 10 countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia are already being screened at Indian airports.
“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 Italy and Iran,” the DGCA said.
The circular from the DGCA came after two fresh cases of the novel coronavirus — one in Delhi and another in Telangana — were reported in India, taking the number of people who have tested positive for the respiratory virus in the country to five on Monday.