After creating havoc around the world, COVID-19 has set its foot in India also. So far, 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Health Minister of India. 22 new cases of the deadly infection have been confirmed today, bringing the total number of infected patients to 28. Out of these 28, 3 patients from Kerala have recovered completely. 16 out of the 22 new cases confirmed today are from Jaipur and 6 are from Agra. A total of 66 cases were tested through the Union Health Ministry’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).
All the 22 new cases found today had direct links with foreigners or with those who had traveled from foreign lands. 15 out of 22 reported in Jaipur are the Italian nation, and 1 patient was their driver, making the total count of 16 in the Pink city. The 16 Italians were on a holiday trip to India. It is noteworthy that the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy is at its worst, bringing the country to a standstill. Another 6 cases in Agra had a direct link with their family member from Delhi, who had visited them recently after a trip from Vienna.
The Government of India has started screening all flights and passengers from abroad. The ministry report suggested that about 5 lakh passengers have been screened so far. Rapid response teams have been constituted and are in direct coordination with different states to control the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals in Delhi have been asked to keep ready good quality isolation wards.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan suggested basic self-preventive measures such as washing hands and maintaining personal hygiene, which could help counter the virus. Further, the Minister advised people to avoid large public gatherings. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, via a tweet, said that he will give a miss to this year’s Holi celebrations.