New Delhi: With 145 new fatalities reported on Saturday, the death toll in China’s coronavirus has gone up to 1,631. Hubei Province, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported 2,420 new confirmed cases and 139 new deaths on Friday, China’s National Health Commission said. Also Read - Top North Korean Official Killed For Leaving Coronavirus Quarantine
On Friday, the Chinese government had highlighted the continued drop of coronavirus disease, officially termed by the WHO as COVID-19, all over the country except in Hubei province. In an attempt to contain the spread of the disease, Beijing is imposing a 14-day self-quarantine on all those who return to the city. Those who won’t abide by will be punished. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: SpiceJet to Suspend Delhi-Hong Kong Flights From February 16
“From now on, all those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group observation for 14 days after arriving. Those who refuse to accept home or centralised observation and other prevention and control measures will be held accountable under the law,” the order said. Also Read - Third Indian Tests Positive For Coronavirus on Board Quarantined Diamond Princess Ship Off Cost Japan
India Screening Passengers From Japan, South Korea
Extending its preventive measures, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked airports and airlines to screen all passengers arriving in flights from Japan and South Korea. Till date, only passengers arriving from four countries — Thailand, Singapore, China and Hong Kong — were being screened for possible exposure to the respiratory virus at 21 identified airports in India.