As many as 4,596 passengers have been screened for Coronavirus at Mumbai airport till January 28. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/IANS)
As many as 4,596 passengers returning from China have been screened for Wuhan Coronavirus at Mumbai International Airport till January 28, National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune said on Wednesday. Of the total passengers screened, 23 were from Maharashtra and 9 out of them were admitted to isolation facilities. Those under watch showed mild symptoms like fever, cold and cough, the NIV said.
"4596 passengers screened for Coronavirus at Mumbai International Airport till 28 Jan. 23 passengers belong to Maharashtra. Out of these 23 passengers, 9 felt mild fever, cold & cough symptoms hence they were admitted to isolation facilities," the institute said.
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India is among the top 30 countries at “high-risk” from the spread of the deadly coronavirus, according to a study based on the number of air travellers predicted to arrive in the countries from the worst affected cities in China. Researchers from the University of Southampton in the UK compiled a list of cities and countries they believe are at high risk from the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) -- which has killed over 100 people so far, and infected thousands.
The most "at risk" countries or regions worldwide are Thailand (1), Japan (2), and Hong Kong (3). The US is 6th on the list, Australia 10th, the UK 17th and India 23rd, the researchers said in the study released on Tuesday.
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