India reports 30 coronavirus cases, all international passengers to be screened

India reports 30 coronavirus cases, all international passengers to be screened

ET Bureau | 

28 confirmed cases of coronavirus in India: Health minister Harsh Vardhan
NEW DELHI: With a new case being reported in Ghaziabad on Thursday, India's COVID number is now at 30.

On Wednesday 23 new cases were reported, including 15 Italian tourists and a man in Gurgaon, even as the government decided to screen all passengers entering the country from abroad for the deadly virus.

The government is working intensively to ensure meaningful intervention, if needed, to deal with the impact of unfolding Covid-19 crisis in the country, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

She said different ministries are working in tandem to deal with any impact of Covid-19, which has so far infected more than 94,000 people across the world and claimed some 3,222 lives.

Sitharaman said she has held meetings with industry representatives along with secretaries to assess the situation and shared the inputs with different ministries.

The total number of cases in the country has jumped to 30 with a new case confirmed in Gurgaon on Wednesday, when an employee of payments app Paytm was tested positive after returning from a vacation in Italy.

Paytm has shut its offices in Gurgaon and Noida for a couple of days to be sanitised. The patient “is receiving appropriate treatment and we are extending complete support to his family”, a company spokesperson said.

“As a precautionary measure, we have suggested his team members to get health tests done immediately,” the person said. “However, there will not be any impact on our daily operations and Paytm services will continue as usual.”




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