In the wake of the rising coronavirus cases globally, and a first confirmed case being reported in India, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Saturday reviewed the quarantine facilities created by the Indian Army for the 300 Indian students. At the quarantine facility, approximately 300 students will be scanned for any signs of infection from the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). Indian Army's facility has been set up near Manesar in Haryana for the Indian students arriving from Wuhan, China.
The monitoring process will last for 2 weeks and will be carried out by a team of qualified doctors and other staff members. The facility consists of accommodation barracks for the students, administrative and medical facility areas.
Earlier on January 31, the Indian Army took to its official Twitter handle and informed about the facilities made for the monitoring purpose.
#CORONAVIRUS#IndianArmy responding to the emergency has created a facility near #Manesar for quarantine of approximately 300 #Indian students arriving from #Wuhan #China, students will be monitored by a qualified team of doctors, to watch for any signs of infection.#NationFirst pic.twitter.com/85G8HLv972— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) January 31, 2020
In order to prevent a mass outbreak, the facility has been divided into various parts. Each section will have a maximum capacity of 50 students. Each barrack has been further subdivided into barracks. The population of sectors will not be allowed to intermingle with each other.
The deadly virus has so far claimed 259 lives in China alone, while cases have been reported in several countries across the world. The Central government has also issued a travel advisory, asking people to refrain from travelling to China.
Meanwhile, several countries including India and the United States have started evacuating their citizens from the coronavirus-hit region of Wuhan and Hubei province. An Air India flight carrying 324 Indian citizens, with a majority of students, landed in Delhi on February 1. Indians who arrived at the Delhi airport will be taken to an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp where they will be kept in isolation for 14 days for medical observation.
Another Air India flight has taken off for Wuhan to evacuate remaining citizens who gave their consent to leave Hubei Province for the time being. Indian Embassy in Beijing urged all Indian nationals living in Hubei province to contact the embassy through hotlines if they intend to avail the next flight.