BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: All airports in the country are being scanned by the health ministry and the country has stocked up on medical supplies in case of an outbreak, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Wednesday in the midst of a coronavirus scare.
The minister told reporters that border areas are constantly being monitored and screening facilities in airports are being updated. He said flights arriving from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong will be screened for new cases.
The health minister also said that the external affairs ministry is doing their best to help the stranded Indian crew members and tourists aboard the cruise ship quarantined near Yokohama, Japan.
Harsh Vardhan also said that the health ministry is in contact with the health authorities in the United States and they are ready to help China with medical supplies to contain the outbreak which has taken the lives of 1,367 people so far. All 402 people kept in ITBP quarantine facility have tested negative and their condition is stable.
Menwhile, there has been a spike in fatalities in China with over 250 deaths reported in a single day.
With agency inputs