Over 11,000 people screened so far at Mumbai International Airport for Coronavirus
Close to 11,000 people have been screened at the Mumbai International Airport in the past few days. This screening process has been started after the outbreak of coronavirus. The toll rate for this virus is 425 people so far.
Out of the 11,000 people that were screened at the airport only 107 belonged to Maharashtra. So far, 21 on the Mumbai airport have shown symptoms that are similar to the people affected by the Coronavirus. Furthermore, out of these 21 people, 20 people have tested negative for coronavirus. The affected patients are being kept in isolation at Mumbai's Kasturba hospital and Pune's Naidu hospital.
So far, six people in India have tested positive for the virus and Kearla has already declared a state of emergency. There are precautionary measures being taken by the authorities and they are closely manitoring people that they suspect could be infected by this deadlu virus. In Kerala alone, 2,421 people are being monitored. On the other hand, other states have take precautionary measures to prepare for any eventuality in view of the swift spread of the virus. These include setting up an isolation centre in all major states, where the infected patients can be kept and also all the medicines that they think can help in curing are being stocked up.
What is coronavirus?
The coronavirus has received its name from the Latin word, 'corona' as when viewed under a microscope, coronaviruses appear to have a crown-like structure. Previously, the coronaviruses would spread from animals, originating in bats, camels and other animals. However, the novel coronavirus which is spread in Wuhan, is said to spread through humans. The previous coronaviruses have resulted in severe illnesses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Meanwhile, China - which has witnessed over 20,000 domestic cases so far - has imposed quarantine and travel restrictions, in turn affecting the movement of 56 million people in more than a dozen cities. The move has been imposed by the Chinese government to curb the transmission rate from accelerating.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released information and advice for the public regarding the coronavirus outbreak and has declared it a global health emergency.