Government constitutes GoM after third case of coronavirus detected in Kerala

NEW DELHI: With India detecting a third case of novel (nCoV) in Kerala on Monday, a High Level Group of (GoM) was formed in the Center following the instructions of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to improve efforts to manage the rapid spread virus.

The prime minister's chief secretary also reviewed the situation and arrangements for some 600 Indians evacuated from China since Saturday.

The GoM, headed by health minister Harsh Vardhan, met on Monday and reviewed the preparation. Other GoM members included civil aviation minister Hardeep S Puri, foreign affairs minister S Jaishankar, the minister of state for the home, the Ministry of Health and the sending of the minister of state (I/c), Mansukh Mandaviya.

The ministers were informed of the three confirmed cases reported by Kerala and the preventive steps and measures taken for the management of the coronavirus, said a health ministry official. He added that the GoM will periodically review, monitor and evaluate the preparation regarding the management of nCoV in the country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health also reviewed its travel notice and asked people to refrain from traveling to China and that anyone with a history of travel in China from January 15, 2020 and from now on could be put quarantined

He also said that those returning from neighboring countries could be quarantined. In addition, the installation of electronic visa for holders of Chinese passports has been temporarily suspended, the electronic visa already issued to Chinese citizens is also not valid temporarily and the installation for submitting the online application for China's physical visa is suspended.

The health ministry said that people who have compelling reasons to visit India should contact the Indian embassy in Beijing or the consulate in Carry off o Instructions have also been issued to comply with the previous travel notice to all national and international airlines operating from China by civil aviation.

Until Monday, a total of 593 flights were projected covering around 72353 passengers. A universal review is being carried out on all flights from Singapore and Thailand, in addition to Hong Kong and China. In addition, 2815 people are currently under community surveillance in 29 States/TU. Of a total of 338 samples sent for the test, 335 have turned out to be negative, 3 are positive, while 70 are being processed, the ministry said.

China's national health commission said Monday that the death toll from the virus outbreak rose to 361 on Sunday, while 2,829 new cases of coronavirus were reported nationwide on February 2, which raised the total number of infected people at 17,205.