Coronavirus threat: 20 Kashmiri students being quarantined in Delhi
Srinagar, Feb 5:
At least 20 Kashmiri students who travelled back to India from Hubei University
of Medicine in Shiyan city of China earlier this week are being quarantined at
the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) base Hospital in Chhawla, Delhi.
The exercise is a
part of India’s sustained precautionary measures to keep at bay novel
Coronavirus threat which originated in Wuhan city of China last month and has
killed more than 400 people in the country since then, while infecting over
On February 02, around 20 Kashmiri students were among the 406 people admitted at ITBP base hospital after they were brought in two batches from Wuhan onboard separate Air India flights.
centers have been set up in the camp by the army to regularly monitor the
health of evacuated people who were staying in the close vicinity of the Wuhan
and they have been kept in isolation.
One of the
Kashmiri students admitted in the facility said: “We have been admitted here on
Sunday for about 14 days. They have set up quarantine centre and every day we
have to undergo health checkups including body temperature and pulse rate
The student added
that they had undergone a sneezing reflex test on February 04 and its report is
yet to come.
“Those people who
were staying in the vicinity of Wuhan, which is the epicenter of the outbreak,
have been asked to remain in isolation and undergo regular checkup for about 15
days,” the student said.
Dr. Shafqat Khan,
Nodal Officer for J&K to deal with Coronavirus threat, said: “Around 23
students of J&K reached home safely during the past few days and 16 among
them were from Kashmir. 11 students have undergone checkup and seven among them
have been declared negative.”
been advised to remain in isolation for two weeks,” he added.
Kashmiris, mostly students, are yet to be evacuated from various areas in
Chinese government officials, the death toll in the coronavirus epidemic has
risen up to 490 in the country while the number of confirmed cases has climbed