Indian Government initiatives against Coronavirus/COVID-19

By | March 23, 2020

As the news of unknown illness in China became international, Indian government issued travel advisory, guidelines for clinical management, and ordered thermal screening to be done for people having recent travel history to China.

The first case of the illness now known as novel coronavirus/COVID-19 in India was found on 30 Jan 2020, the same day when WHO declared the disease a pandemic.

In view of growing coronavirus infection, the government ordered Air India to evacuate Indians from the epicenter of the disease in Wuhan, China. The first flight landed at New Delhi on 01-02-20, bringing back 324 people, who were quarantined at an ITBP facility in Manesar, Haryana. Subsequently more flights were operated and many people were brought back from China, Italy, and Iran. Relief materials were also sent to china on humanitarian ground.

If anyone found to have symptoms, they are advised to isolate themselves for 2-3 weeks, while their samples are sent for testing, and their travel history screened.

A dedicated website was launched to aware public about the COVID-19 (https://www.mygov.in/covid-19). The government also issued various guidelines and regulations, launched various awareness campaigns, banned religious and social gatherings including schools, while the PM called for a public curfew on 22 March 2020.

Government also brought face masks and hand sanitizers

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