BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not got to Belgium’s capital Brussels for the India-EU Summit which has been deferred due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.
The Delhi government has ordered all primary schools shut till March 31 as a precautionary measure.
“As far as India-EU Summit is concerned which PM Modi had to attend, the health authorities of both the countries suggested that travelling must not take place at present. So, it has been decided that summit will be rescheduled on a mutually convenient date,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a press briefing.
At least two staffers working for the European Union administration in Brussels tested positive for the novel coronavirus and are receiving treatment, European officials said on Wednesday.
In India, the number of positive coronavirus cases in India climbed to 30 after a Paytm employee in Gurugram and a Ghaziabad man tested positive for the deadly disease. The Paytm staffer had just returned from a holiday in Italy and the one from Ghaziabad recently travelled to Iran.
Paytm has shut down its offices in Gurugram for two days and advised its employees to work from home. In an official statement, the company said it has suggested team members of the Covid-19 patient from the Gurugram office to get health tests done immediately, while shutting down its offices for sanitisation purposes.
This is the second confirmed case of coronavirus in the national capital region (NCR). At least 46 people are being kept under surveillance in Delhi to prevent the spread of the disease that has claimed more than 3,000 lives across the world.
Briefing the Rajya Sabha, the Union Health Ministry on Thurday said that India has 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus. “I am daily reviewing the situation. A group of ministers is also monitoring the situation,” Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. He also informed the Rajya Sabha that till March 4, around 6,11,176 passengers have been screened at different points.
The ministry advised that anyone with travel history to any Covid-19 affected country or in contact with such persons in the last 28 days should be monitored and quarantined at home for 14 days.