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Coronavirus: Indians evacuated from Wuhan to be housed in two quarantine camps

IANS/New Delhi
Filed on February 1, 2020
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A special Air India flight flew them in on Saturday morning.

National carrier Air India's special flight operated to the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to evacuate Indians stranded there, landed at the IGI airport here on Saturday.

Accordingly, the flight ferried back 324 Indian nationals.

The airline said that the special flight landed at Delhi airport at 7.26 am

Air India started evacuation of Indians from Wuhan with the first special flight which was operated using a double decker jumbo 747 with 15 cabin crew and five cockpit crew.

The flight had departed from Indira Gandhi International Airport (T3), Delhi for the central Chinese city on Friday.

Besides, the crew, the flight also ferried a team of five doctors from the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital and one paramedical staff from Air India.

Coronavirus quarantine camps set up with Army, ITBP help

India has set up a Coronavirus quarantine facility at Haryana's Manesar, with the help of the Army.

Another quarantine facility for approximately 600 Indian families arriving from Wuhan has been swiftly created by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) near at its Chhawla camp here.

Responding to an emergency requirement to create and manage a facility to quarantine the returning Indian students, the Indian Army has swiftly set up the camp.

Coronavirus: Indians evacuated from Wuhan to be housed in two quarantine camps (KT2312121.JPEG)

"After coming to India, the students will be taken directly to the quarantine facility where they can be monitored for a duration of two weeks by a qualified team of doctors and staff members, to watch for any signs of infection," said an Indian Army officer.

"The procedure of screening and quarantine will comprise two steps - the first one being screening at airport followed by quarantine at Manesar and if any individual is suspected to be infected, he/she will be shifted to the isolation ward at Base Hospital Delhi Cantonment," the officer added.

Screening at the airport will be done by a joint team of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) and the Airport Health Authority (APHO).

During the screening, the returning students will be classified into three groups.

The first group will be suspect cases where individuals with any signs of fever and/or cough and/or respiratory distress will be directly transferred to Base Hospital Delhi Cantonment.

The second group would be 'close contact', comprising individuals without symptoms but having visited a seafood/animal market or a health facility or having come into contact with a Chinese person with symptoms in the last 14 days will be escorted in an earmarked vehicle directly to the quarantine facility.

The third group would be non-contact case. "Any individual without any symptom(s) or contact or who does not fit into either (a) or (b) will also be clubbed along with the close contact category and sent to the quarantine facility," the officer said.

The quarantine facility consists of accommodation barracks for the students, administrative areas and medical facility area.

To prevent mass outbreak, the facility has been divided into sectors, each with a maximum capacity of 50 students each.

"Each barrack has been further subdivided into barracks. The population of sectors will not be allowed to intermingle with each other," the officer said.

Daily medical examination of all students will be done at the medical facility area and all the staff, health care workers and housekeeping staff will be wearing personal protective equipment, comprising mask, eye shield, shoe cover, gown and gloves, at all times.

All students and vistors will wear a three-layered mask at all times.

"After 14 days, persons with no symptoms will be allowed to go home with their detailed documentation sent to the district/state surveillance units for further surveillance," the officer said.

Those found infected will be shifted to BHDC's isolation ward for further medical exams and recovery. Samples for viral confirmation will be sent to the NCDC, Delhi and patients will be discharged only after clinical recovery and two successive negative samples tested for n-COV.

Apart from playing games, watching TV and having meals together within a barrack, no one will be allowed to interact with the members of another barrack and definitely not another sector.

The facility will be administered by a nominated Officer In Charge (OIC) who will have under his command a community medicine Specialist, two nursing officers, a woman medical officer and a nursing assistant. No civilian or service personnel detailed to work inside the facility will be allowed to go outside, unless compelled by extreme emergency situation.

Families and children will be taken to the ITBP facility from the airport. At the camp, a qualified team of doctors will monitor the inmates for any signs of infection.

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