India steps up preparations to fight potential coronavirus outbreak

So far 35,000 passengers have been screened in India

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A staff member checks the temperature of a passenger entering a subway station in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

BS Reporters Mumbai/New Delhi/Chennai/Ahmedabad/Bengaluru
Stepping up its preparation to fight the threat of a potential coronavirus outbreak, the Indian government on Tuesday said that screening of passengers would be expanded to 20 airports along with adding new laboratories to test the virus. 

So far 35,000 passengers have been screened in India. Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan held a review meeting on Tuesday to take stock of the situation. The minister said that in the next one or two days, passenger screening would be expanded to 20 airports, from the current seven. At present, thermal screening of passengers coming from China is being done at the seven big airports, including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kochi. 

Vardhan said the
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First Published: Jan 28 2020 | 10:15 PM IST

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