‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’! India evacuated nationals from other countries also to fight against COVID-19 (Corona Virus)

‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’! বসুধৈব কুটুম্বকম্। করোনা ভাইরাসের বিরুদ্ধে লড়াইয়েও এ’দেশ ভোলেনি পরম্পরা। পড়ুন।

‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’! In the spirit of India’s cultural mores of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, India volunteered and evacuated nationals from other countries also from COVID-19 (Corona Virus) infected areas.

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As many as 124 passengers including 119 Indian citizens, 2 nationals from Sri Lanka and one each from Nepal, South Africa & Peru, were quarantined onboard the Diamond Princess Cruise ship at Yokohama due to COVID-19. All have been evacuated from Japan by an Air India flight. Besides, 112 persons including 76 Indian citizens, 23 nationals from Bangladesh, 6 from China (non resident Chinese), 2 each from Myanmar, Maldives and one each from South Africa, USA and Madagascar have been evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak by an IAF flight. The evacuees from Japan will be quarantined at the Army camp at Manesar. Those from Wuhan shall be housed at the ITBP facility at Chhawla.

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, apart from previous travel advisories, Indians have been advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Singapore, Republic of Korea, Iran and Italy. Also, people coming from Republic of Korea, Iran and Italy or having such travel history since 10th February 2020 may be quarantined for 14 days on arrival to India.

The Minister also stated that as many as 4,82,927 passengers have been screened from 4787 flights as of now. Screening at 21 Airports, 12 major seaports, 65 minor seaports and land crossings particularly bordering Nepal is continuously undergoing. Passengers are further monitored under community surveillance through IDSP network on a daily basis. A total of 23,531passengers are presently under community surveillance through IDSP.

According Health Department sources, of the 2836 samples sent for testing, 2830 are found negative, 3 samples were earlier found positive in Kerala (these have recovered and have been discharged) and 3 are under testing. All 645 evacuees at the earlier camps at Manesar and Chhawla were discharged on 18th February 2020.

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