National Coronavirus Alert on High

India is gearing up to face the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak with all its resources. The first victim of the virus was officially announced by the government on Thursday. Reports from the capital state that High level review meetings on preparedness for Novel Coronavirus are regularly being held by the Union Health Minister, Cabinet Secretary and Health Secretary. In fact, the Cabinet Secretary has held four review meetings so far. On Thursday, he reviewed the preparedness with the concerned Ministries of Health &Family Welfare, External Affairs, Defence, Home Affairs, Civil Aviation, Information & Broadcasting Labour & Employment, and Shipping. A Video Conference with the Chief Secretaries of the State and UTs was also taken by the Cabinet Secretary on the same day. Following today’s meeting of the Cabinet Secretary, a number of new steps have been taken. All those who have come from China after 15th January,2020 shall be tested as there is an incubation period for the virus. The Cabinet Secretary has stressed upon the need for 14 days’ home isolation for all those who have returned from China. It is also advised that trip to China should be avoided. It was also decided to augment the lab facilities
Six more labs will start functioning from today, i.e, NIV Bengaluru Unit, Victoria Hospital Campus, KR Road, Fort, Bengaluru, AIMS, New Delhi, NCDC, Delhi Kasturba Hospital for infectious diseases, Mumbai and NIV kerala Unit. Six more labs will start functioning from Friday at ICMR NICED, Kolkata, GMC, Secunderabad, KGMU, Lucknow, SMS, Jaipur, IGGMC, Nagpur and KIPMR, Chennai. At the same time discharge portal for patients have been prepared by DGHS which is being disseminated.
It was decided to put check posts in relevant tourist locations for better surveillance. It is indeed necessary that Gram panchayats are being organised to make people more aware regarding the symptoms, precautions and measures taken by the State Governments regarding prevention and management for Novel Coronavirus in villages bordering Nepal. Another laudable steps being taken up is that states have also been advised to open control room number. Moreover, in order to reach out with better speed IEC material is to be prepared in local language by the concerned States.
As reported in different media a positive case of Novel Coronavirus patient of a student the Wuhan University, has been reported in Kerala. The patient has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital where the condition is reported to be stable and is being closely monitored. So far, the government has screened exactly 43346 passengers in 21 airports across the country totaling 234 fights. Further to augment laboratory support the National Institute of Virology Pune is fully geared up to test samples of NCOV. Central government information has informed that adequate lab reagents are available with NIV, Pune to test 5000 samples and 49 samples have been referred to NIV for testing.48 have tested as Negative.

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