Coronavirus Update: Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister said that India is setting up a testing lab in Iran for Coronavirus for the outbreak of the novel virus and the Indian nationals stranded there, on Wednesday.
Dr Vardhan said that one scientist had already left for Iran and more will leave by 4:00 PM today.
While addressing the media, he said, “We have been communicating at all possible platforms with the Iranian government. If the Iranian government gives consent, we will establish testing labs there. So that the Indians who are to be brought back can be screened and tested there itself before their return.”
There are 15 labs in India which are equipped with testing of COVID-19 virus, the minister said adding “We have directed 19 more labs to conduct the tests. Out of which 7 are already A functional, rest will start working today itself.”
In India, at least 28 cases of coronavirus were reported, a virus which has made its way into over 70 countries, infecting almost 1 lakh people and claiming over 3,000 lives till now.
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In attempts to contain the Coronavirus and as preventive measures the Health Ministry said that all the foreign national, irrespective of the country they come from, will be screened for the deadly virus at the airports itself. Which means, that foreign national coming from a country which has not come up with a single coronavirus case will be tested.
At least 28 cases of new coronavirus have been reported from India. The virus has affected more than 60 countries across the globe. Symptoms of COVID-19 disease are cold, cough, pneumonia and shortness of breath. The minister said that simple hygiene practices can help fighting the disease.