New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In order to prevent coronavirus from spreading in the country, the government on Saturday issued a fresh travel advisory for citizens, asking them to refrain from travelling to China, Italy, Iran, Japan and Republic of Korea.

In its advisory, the government also said that all regular visas/e-visa granted to nationals of Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan and issued on or before march 3, 2020, who have not entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect.

“Regular visa/e-visa granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea on or after February 1, 2020 and who have not entered India stand suspended with immediate effect. Those requiring travelling to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate,” Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The statement further read that all international passengers entering into India will require to furnish duly filled self-declaration form to the health officials and immigration officials and undergo universal health screening at the designated health counters at all entry points.

The advisory further asked people to use 24x7 helpline (011-23978046) for queries related to respiratory infection.

The deadly COVID-19 virus has affected 31 people in India so far. The government, however, has said that the situation is under control and asked people not to panic.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked people to stay away from rumours regarding coronavirus and emphasised on the need to follow the advice of doctors in this regard. He also asked people to avoid handshakes and start greeting others with 'namaste' once again.

"I appeal to my fellow countrymen to stay away from rumours regarding coronavirus. We need to follow the advice of doctors in this regard, people should avoid handshakes and start greeting others with 'namaste' once again," PM Modi said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma