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Coronavirus update: More than 100 people under observation in India, govt reviews preparedness

More than 100 people in India are under observation to detect whether they are infected by the deadly virus after its outbreak in China. Among all the states, over 99 people have been put under scanner in Kerala alone. So far, close to 50 people have los their lives in China due to the deadly virus.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 26, 2020 8:48 IST
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As world goes through Coronavirus scare, more than 100 people in India have been put under observation to detect whether they are infected by the deadly virus after its outbreak in China, as close to 50 people have already lost their lives. Over 99 people are under observations in Kerala alone while some others are under observation in Mumbai.

PMO reviews preparedness to deal with Coronavirus 

The Prime Minister's Office reviewed India's preparedness to deal with the deadly coronavirus amid mounting global concern over increasing number of cases in China, the epicentre of the outbreak, and several other countries. At a meeting chaired by PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to the prime minister, health ministry officials presented an update about the response measures being undertaken in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak in China, official sources said.

The meeting was held on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The cabinet secretary, home secretary, foreign secretary, defence secretary, health secretary, civil aviation secretary and several other top officials attended the meeting.

An official statement later said health ministry officials briefed Mishra on the preparedness of hospitals, laboratories as well as on measures being taken for the capacity building of rapid response teams to deal with possible cases of coronavirus. The principal secretary to the prime minister also reviewed the various preventive measures taken by other ministries, including the civil aviation ministry.

The officials assured Mishra that the situation is being closely monitored by the health and family welfare ministry, in coordination with various other Union ministries as well as state governments and union territories.

So far, 20,000 people from 115 flights at seven international airports in the country have been screened, the statement said.

The National Institute of Virology labs are fully equipped to test the virus.

All state and district health authorities have been alerted and are in a state of preparedness for prevention and possible management, if required, it said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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