The Hush Post| 10:27 am|one-minute-read|
Seventeen passengers who arrived in Delhi from China and other coronavirus-affected countries have been hospitalised since they have been found to be carrying corona-like symptoms.
Delhi health department officials have traced many of such passengers. According to data shared by the Delhi health department, till February 13, over 5,700 such passengers were approached after being informed by the Delhi airport authorities.
“As many as 4,707 passengers were found asymptomatic and advised for home isolation (self-quarantined). Seventeen patients were found symptomatic and hospitalised,” a senior official of the Delhi health department said.
The number of passengers, who remain untracked stands at 817, the official said.
The number of passengers pending surveillance stands at 68, according to the data.
More than 21 airports in the country are screening passengers
Passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore are being screened for possible exposure to the respiratory virus. More than 21 identified airports in the country, including Delhi airport are screening passengers.
In Delhi, of the 4,705 passengers found asymptomatic, a maximum of 1,249 of those were residents of West Delhi district. Apart from it, 1,073 people lived in Central Delhi.
The Delhi government has already set up a centralised control room at DGHS (HQ) and such centres also in the 11 districts.
“Anyone, who gets flu-like symptoms should immediately contact the nearest control room,” the official said.
“Efforts are on to trace the passengers from Delhi who travelled on or after January 15 to China and other countries, and returned to Delhi before the airport screening process began,” he said.
The death toll in China’s novel coronavirus epidemic has climbed to 1,523. There have been 143 new fatalities reported mostly from the worst-affected Hubei province. The confirmed cases jumped to over 66,000, health officials said on Saturday.
India has so far reported three confirmed cases of the virus, all in Kerala.