News By/Courtesy: Ishita | 18 Jan 2020 13:24pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Government issues advisory thermal screening of travellers from China.
  • 41 infected, 2 killed in China, 1 infected in Japan, 2 infected in Thailand.
  • People asked to take precautionary health measures.

New Delhi: India on Friday began thermal screening of passengers returning from China at three internaional airports- Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata- as second death was reported due to the novel coronavirus infection that has broken out in China. Thermal imaging scanners are used to check arriving passenger's surface (skin) temperature. A travel advisory was also issued asking the passengers, who feel sick while returning from China to report to the airport health authorities. The health ministry in a statement quoted that- as a matter of abundant precaution in the Ministry of Health has instructed screening of international travellers from China at  designated airports namely , Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata through thernal scanners. In coordination with Ministry of Civil Aviation, in-flight announcements are also being made...

Thailand detected its second case of the coronavirus on Friday. The latest patient was from China's central city Wuhan, which has reported 41 cases of Pneumonia potentially linked to the new type of virus. Two deaths have been reported as countries across the world prepare to guard against the outbreak.

In India, the advisory on the outbreak was issued after the Union health ministry's technical wing held its second meeting with experts of the World Health Organization. Although as per the WHO's risk assesment, the risk for global outbreak has been stated as low, as a matter of abundant precaution, the travellers form and to China are advised to follow simple public health measures at all times.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses. This family includes the viruses that cause SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and viruses that cause milder illnesses such as common cold. Coronaviruses are highly infectious and very prone to mutation, it is difficult to predict their behaviour. Since it is an acute respiratory tract infection, it spreads easily and fast.

As of now India doesn't needs to panic, but people visiting China must take precautionary measures. 

Section Editor: Prithvijit Mukherjee | 18 Jan 2020 14:04pm IST


Tags : #virus #health #india #china

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