One person is still under observation in Pune’s Naidu hospital, out of the 87 who have been admitted to various isolation facilities across Maharashtra after they showed symptoms of the Coronavirus. According to the state health department’s statement on Tuesday, over 52, 229 travelers have been screened at Mumbai’s International Airport up until now.
The Covid-19 virus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December end and has infected 83, 733 people worldwide since then. A reported 2, 859 people have died from the virus till now. The 3 cases that had been reported in Kerala have since recovered, according to reports. No positive cases of the infection have been reported in Maharashtra yet.
According to Health Minister Rajish Tope, manpower has been increased at the Mumbai airport for the screening of passengers arriving from nine countries where cases of the virus have been reported. “The health department and the BMC have made available additional personnel,” Tope said. With the screening at the airport starting on January 18, over a fortnight after the outbreak spread in China, 425 international flights arriving from China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore have had screening procedures for their passengers until now, according to Tope.
The health department also said that it has kept track of the 221 people that have arrived from these countries but didn’t test positive. In accordance with the Centre’s guidelines, they were kept under watch for 14 days, which is the incubation period of the virus. Sixty-seven of these people are still under watch.
Health counters and thermal scanners have been stationed at the pre-immigration area for the arriving passengers by the Airport Health Organization team. Furthermore, the airport has ensured that alert messages are placed strategically across the terminal and that airlines have been sensitized and informed to follow the instructions of the Government.