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Coronavirus updates: India ramps up airport screening measures as total cases now stand at 31

India on Friday stepped up screening measures for international passengers as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India jumped to 31 after a Delhi man with travel history to Thailand and Malaysia tested positive for COVID-19, health ministry officials said.

“The patient is from Delhi. He has a travel history to Thailand and Malaysia. He is stable and being monitored,” a health ministry official said in a press statement.

All international passengers irrespective of their nationality are mandated to undergo a universal medical screening, as per the latest advisory. Adequate screening measures have been put in place and nine more airports have been added to the existing 21, bringing the total number to 30 airports where screening of passengers is being carried out.

Meanwhile, India said it was fully prepared to bring back the Indians stranded in Iran,which has been scrambling to contain the rapid spread of the virus where at least 107 people have been killed.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 94,900 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 3,272 deaths have been reported globally.

Centre preparing to evacuate Indians from Tehran

According to officials, the government is in discussions with Iranian authorities and a ferry flight, carrying around 300 swabs of Indians suspected of having coronavirus infection, from Tehran is to land in the national capital on Friday. The flight, to be operated by Iran’s Mahan Air, would not have any passengers and Iranians in India would be taken back in the return flight.

There are around 2,000 Indians in Iran, one of the countries which has been severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. After 17 new deaths were reported today, the death toll in Iran has now climbed to 124.

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