15 lakh air travellers entered India amid ‘monitoring gap’
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked states to immediately strengthen surveillance of international air travellers who entered India between January 18 and March 23 as there appears to be a gap between those being monitored for Covid-19 and 15 lakh arrivals during the period.
In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories, Gauba said the gap in monitoring of international passengers may seriously jeopardise the efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, given that many among the persons who have tested positive so far in India have history of international travel.
The government had started monitoring all international passengers who have arrived in India in last two months in the wake of the outbreak.
Gauba said, “It is important that all international passengers are put under close surveillance to prevent the spread of the epidemic.” He said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had repeatedly emphasised the importance of monitoring, and requested the states and UTs to take immediate steps in this regard.
“I would, therefore, like to request you to ensure that concerted and sustained action is taken urgently to put such passengers under surveillance immediately as per the guidelines,” he said.
According to sources, the 15-lakh figure pertained to only air travellers and not those entering India through seaports or international land borders. The Central and state governments have unleashed unprecedented and extraordinary measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has already infected more than 700 people and claimed at least 17 lives. — PTI
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