'No Need To Panic,' Tweets PM Modi As India Gets Into Combat Mode To Fight Coronavirus (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-profile meeting to review the inter-departmental preparedness to combat coronavirus outbreak in India. The Prime Minister took to Twitter to appeal for calm. “There is no need to panic. We need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection,” PM Modi tweeted along with a set of preventive measures. Talking about the key meet, PM Modi said that, “had an extensive review regarding preparedness on the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Different ministries & states are working together, from screening people arriving in India to providing prompt medical attention.” Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also scheduled to hold an emergency meet later in the day.
The COVID-19 scare has also forced two Noida schools to declare holiday. There are also reports of some individuals being quarantined in Agra. According to latest reports, the Delhi man, who was tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, had previously travelled to Agra. “The Delhi man returned from Europe with two of his Agra-based relatives on February 26. His relatives were put in isolation after he was found positive for COVID-19 yesterday,” UP Health Minister Jay Pratap Singh told news agency ANI. However, six cases with high viral load have been detected during sample testing in Agra. This means that doctors are sure about viral infection but not about COVID-19.
Meanwhile, a high-profile school located in Noida’s Sector 135 was forced to cancel the annual exams on Tuesday due to threat of coronavirus outbreak. News Nation has learnt that the child of sole coronavirus positive patient from Delhi is a student at the Noida school. On Friday, the COVID-19 patient’s child attended a birthday party of one of his classmates. Several children and students came into the contact of the child of the coronavirus patient. Since the Government of India reported about the Delhi case on Monday, all students have been quarantined as a preventive measure. “Exams for today are confirmed to have been postponed in the school,” sources told News Nation. Noida CMO is reaching the school and the DM is also monitoring the situation. (LIVE UPDATES)
News Nation has also learnt that the school has announced 3-day holiday following the COVID-19 scare. The school officials have conveyed the same to the parents ‘verbally’. There are reports that some other Noida schools are also closing down after the reports. Health officials are screening the area. The ‘once-in-a-century’ pathogen has killed more than 3,000 people around the globe. In India so far, three positive cases have been reported. One in Delhi, another in Telangana and an Italian tourist in Jaipur. Previously, there were several suspected cases of coronavirus in Delhi. However, it was only on Monday that a positive case came to light.
(With agency inputs)