Amid the increasing coronavirus cases across the nation, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Wednesday assured that all landports and international borders have been well equipped with medical teams to screen all incoming passengers from neighbouring countries. The coronavirus cases in India stand at 28 including — 16 Italian tourists and their driver, three in Kerala (who have recovered), one in Hyderabad, one in Delhi and six of his relatives in Agra.
Earlier in the day, 17 Indians were tested positive for coronavirus abroad, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. These include 16 cases from Japan on the cruise ship and one from the UAE.
PM Modi, BJP chief JP Nadda, Amit Shah earlier today said that he will not participate in the upcoming Holi Milan programmes. The samples of the six people who were in contact with the Delhi patient have been tested negative for coronavirus. Meanwhile, the rupee slid as much as 0.4 per cent to 73.6 per dollar earlier in the day becoming the worst-performing Asian currency, according to Bloomberg.
The government has ordered that all international passengers to the country will now have to submit self-declaration forms on arrival. They will have to provide contact details, travel history and possible contact with other people there. India has also suspended all regular visas and e-visas issued to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan issued on or before March 3 and have not entered India yet. Over 3,000 people have died of coronavirus worldwide, while some 90,000 people have been infected.