New Delhi: The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in India has reached 78. Amid the growing Coronavirus concerns, the issue was discussed in the Indian parliament. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan gave an account of the measures to implement in order to control the epidemic. The Indian Foreign Minister informed that India has not imposed a travel ban but has imposed certain restrictions on travel. The government is consistently appealing to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the epidemic but has also refrained from spreading panic.
There are 17 cases of Coronavirus in Kerala, and the number of cases in Maharashtra has risen to 15 from four, in the last 24 hours whereas, the total number of cases in the country has reached 78. Of these, 16 people have arrived in India from Italy. Against this background, a decision to impose severe restrictions on people coming from countries where the epidemic has spread has been taken. This has severely affected the Indian tourism industry and other businesses. Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar clarified that no ban on foreign travel had been imposed, but the rules have been made stricter as a precaution.
Nevertheless, India has decided to cancel all tourist visas to India for the period of one month. However, people travelling on diplomatic passports and foreigners connected with projects are exempted from the visa ban, according to the sources. Meanwhile, Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan informed the Lok Sabha of the measures taken to contain the Coronavirus epidemic. The confirmed and suspected patients are being isolated. The union and state governments are making comprehensive efforts for the purpose. At the same time, the Health Minister informed that all the necessary information regarding the epidemic is being given to the citizens.
Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan appealed not to spread wrong information and create panic and requested the lawmakers to spread awareness among the citizens of the country. The Health Minister informed that till date, nearly 600,000 passengers had been examined at 30 airports in the country. The people coming through the sea route also are being examined. The IT companies have directed their employees to work from home and instructions have been given to stay at home and leave home only if absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, two cases of Coronavirus were detected in Pune on Monday. Tuesday two more people were found to be infected and one more person is being investigated. The cases include the couple that returned from Dubai. As per information, the couple was a part of a group of 40 people, who had gone with a conducted tour to Dubai.
These 40 people came from different districts of Maharashtra and administration informed that the list is being compiled. Other states in the country have initiated measures to stop the spread of the epidemic. Manipur has decided to close its border with Myanmar. While the Coronavirus is on a rampage in Iran, 58 Indians stranded there have been repatriated. C-17 Globemaster, the heavy transport aircraft of the Indian Airforce was sent for this purpose. Officials have informed that all the travellers will be investigated and placed under observation for 14 days.