New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two passengers who arrived at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata from Bangkok were placed in isolation for suspected novel coronavirus, Airport Authority of India officials told PTI on Thursday. 

A passenger named Himadri Barman was quarantined on Tuesday, and Nagendra Singh on Wednesday, government officials said in New Delhi.

Both of them were sent to Beliaghata ID Hospital, he said.

Earlier, a passenger named Anita Oraon had also shown signs of fever during thermal scanning, Kolkata airport director Kaushik Bhattacharjee said.

In a statement, the Kolkata airport in a tweet confirmed that no one was tested positive for coronavirus after reports surfaced that two passengers tested positive for the deadly disease with overall figure reaching three.

Meanwhile, the Health and Family Welfare Department of the West Bengal government has said nobody in the state has tested positive for coronavirus.

"The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal hereby informs the general public
that no one in West Bengal has tested positive 
Already two airlines which had direct flights between Kolkata and China have suspended their flights," it said.

Low-cost carrier IndiGo has temporarily suspended its flights between Kolkata and Guangzhou from February 6 to February 25.

After IndiGo, China Eastern Airlines too suspended its flights between Kolkata and Kunming in China from February 10 to 29.

At present, passengers arriving from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok are being screened as no flights are operating to and from China. 

Meanwhile, two out of the three confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported from Kerala have on repeat testing turned negative for the infection, authorities said on Thursday.

A passenger onboard a SpiceJet Bangkok-Delhi flight was also quarantined on Thursday after he was suspected of having contracted the novel coronavirus, the airline said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, 38 out of 40 suspected patients tested negative and were discharged from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi. Two of them are in hospital and their reports are awaited. 

More than 1,300 people have died in China till date due to the deadly virus.

(with PTI input)

Posted By: James Kuanal