New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed that the Central government is not taking the deadly coronavirus threat seriously, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said that the government has stocked up on medical supplies, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is himself monitoring the situation.

“PM Modi is personally monitoring the situation in coordination with various departments. Every effort is being made to ensure that the virus does not make inroads into India. People coming in from six countries -- China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea -- are being screened at as many as 21 airports across the country,” said the Union Minister at a press conference on Thursday.

Talking about the three medical students who had tested positive for the deadly coronavirus disease, the Union Minister said that one of them has been discharged after recovery while the other two are still recovering.

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He also said a total of 2,51,447 persons travelling in 2,315 flights have been screened so far while adding that 15,991 people across the country have been kept on community surveillance.

He further said that the government had evacuated 645 people, including seven Maldivians, from China's Wuhan city and quarantined them in two special camps.

He said that the government has decided to extend help to China to deal with the deadly virus that has claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people.

“With the help of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) we are sending some medical supplies, equipments and other materials to China as a goodwill measure,” he said.

The deadly coronavirus has claimed the lives of 1,355 people and has affected more than 60,000 people. Looking at the dire situation, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has cautioned that it was ‘way too early’ to say whether COVID-19 might have peaked or when it might end, following a drop in new cases.

“I think it's way too early to try to predict the beginning, the middle or the end of this epidemic right now,” Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies programme, said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma