India issues travel advisory amid coronavirus outbreak in China

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INDIA’s Federal Health Ministry on Friday issued a travel advisory amid  outbreak of novel coronavirus in Wuhan to screen international travellers from China and those visiting the country.

The health ministry has asked designated airports to monitor passengers and put them through thermal scanners.

The ministry has also advised provincial governments to take adequate precautions.

China’s Wuhan has reported 41 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and one linked death.

Though the mode of transmission of the viral infection is unclear for now, the World Health Organisation has said that there is little evidence of significant human to human transmission.

According to the advisory issued by the Ministry, travellers are advised to follow good hygiene, avoid contact with sick persons continuously wash their hands and avoid travelling to farms and animal markets.

“Travelers are also requested to wear masks, and avoid consumption of raw or undercooked meat.

“The medical signs and symptoms which have been observed are mainly fever and difficulty in breathing. All travelling to China are asked to monitor their health closely,’’ the advisory read.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause symptoms ranging from those similar to common colds to more severe ones such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

The new strain of the virus has not previously been identified in humans, and much remains to be understood about the disease like how it is transmitted, its clinical features and the extent to which it has spread. (Sputnik/NAN)

– Jan. 31, 2020 @ 9:25 GMT |

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