277 Indian Evacuees From Iran Test Negative For COVID-19

Publish On: 25 Mar, 2020 12:29 PM | Updated   |   Harshita  

JAIPUR: Rohit Kumar Singh, additional chief secretary of Rajasthan, said that all the 277 evacuees from Iran were tested negative for the novel coronavirus. They arrived in India on Wednesday morning. 

Out of the 277 Indians, 273 are pilgrims whereas the remaining 4 are non-pilgrim passengers. The total number also included an infant and 5 children. Officials confirmed that they arrived in Jodhpur early morning on Wednesday. The numbers included 128 males and 149 females. After landing in Delhi by Mahan Air, they arrived at Jodhpur in Air India aircraft. 

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They all have been taken to Army Wellness Facility at Jodhpur Military Station. 

PRO, Rajasthan Defence Colonel Sombit Ghosh said, "A preliminary screening was conducted at the airport upon arrival and thereafter the evacuees were shifted to the Army Wellness Facility established in Jodhpur Military Station. The Army in coordination with the Rajasthan State Medical authorities and Civil Administration, Jodhpur has made adequate medical and administrative arrangements to cater for a comfortable stay and provide prophylactic medical support. The facility has a dedicated team of Army doctors, who will be constantly monitoring the health parameters of the evacuees for the duration of their stay."

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By far, India has reported 562 positive cases for the infectious disease with the death toll at 9. Globally, the virus has affected more than 4 lakh people and has claimed over 15,000 people.