Coronavirus: Number of confirmed cases reaches 31 in India

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Published: March 6,2020 04:23 PM
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March 6, 2020: Thirty-one cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in India so far, with the latest being reported in Delhi on Friday.

March 6, 2020: Thirty-one cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in India so far, with the latest being reported in Delhi on Friday.



This is the second case to have been confirmed in Delhi this week. The person infected, who is a resident of Uttam Nagar, has a travel history to Thailand and Malaysia. The number of cases being reported in India has increased exponentially this week.



Authorities have widened the number of people under watch for the illness to close to 30,000, ramping up containment efforts that also included an order for all primary schools in the national capital to be closed for the rest of the month.



The country now has 28 active patients - three patients in Kerala recovered last month - and authorities are now looking for more people who may have been in close contact with them.



In response to the increasing number of cases, the Health Ministry has decided to start universal screening at all airports for all passengers coming to India from any country. Earlier, only passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia were being checked.



According to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, till now over 6 lakh people have been screened at 21 international airports. Over one million people coming through the open borders with Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar have also been screened for the coronavirus.