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India’s response to COVID outbreak in the month of March 2020 !

  • 3rd March: Suspension of all visas for Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, and China; Compulsory health screening for passengers arriving directly or indirectly from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, and Taiwan.
  • 4th March: Universal screening of all International Flights. Quarantine or isolation at home or sent to hospital-based on screening and risk profile
  • 5th March: Passengers from Italy or Republic of Korea need to get medical certificate before entry
  • 10th March, Home isolation: incoming international passengers should self-monitor health and follow govt. Dos and Don’ts: passengers with travel history to China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Iran, Malaysia, France, Spain and Germany to undergo home quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival
  • 11th March: Compulsory Quarantine- Incoming travellers (including Indians) arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15th February, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.
  • 16 March- Comprehensive advisory: Expanded compulsory quarantine for travellers from or through UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait for a minimum of 14 days.
  • Travel of passengers from member countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and United Kingdom to India totally prohibited
  • 17 March: Travel of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia prohibited
  • 19 March: All Incoming international flights suspended, with effect from 22nd March
An empty road is seen during a nationwide curfew in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 22, 2020 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
  • 25th March: extension of suspension of all incoming International Flights to India extended till 14th April 2020
  • With evolving global spread of disease, not only travel advisories were revised, but airport screening was also expanded to all airports.
  • After being screened by health authorities at the airports, passengers were quarantined or sent to hospitals, based on risk assessment by health authorities.
  • Screening of passengers took place at 30 airports, 12 major and 65 minor pots and at land borders. Over 36 lakh passengers have been screened.
  • The government took swift action to put in a place a comprehensive and robust system of screening, quarantine and surveillance are part of its robust response to the public health crisis right from the beginning.
  • A meticulous system has enabled states to track down individuals who tried to avoid surveillance or who did not follow quarantine measures.us
  • As many as 20 Video Conferences by Union Health Secretary with State Governments and 6 by the Cabinet Secretary with the State Chief Secretaries have been held to review the and step up the preparedness to deal with the Corona issue.
  • The integrated disease surveillance system, which includes monitoring of international travellers, is one of the many issues discussed in these Video Conferences.
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