Two more passengers were suspected with the novel coronavirus at Kolkata airport during thermal screening, Airports Authority of India told PTI. A passenger travelling on SpiceJet Ltd's Bangkok-Delhi flight was also suspected of coronavirus infection at Delhi Airport.
Two passengers who arrived at Kolkata international airport from Bangkok, were placed in isolation for suspected novel coronavirus. Both passengers were sent to Beliaghata ID Hospital, airport officials told PTI.
The novel coronavirus which was originated from Wuhan province in China, took over 1368 lives globally. Across the world, it has been reported in 24 countries, including India. Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a global epidemic. WHO officials also asked to governments across the world to to prepare for“domestic outbreak control" if the disease spreads in their countries.
Several airlines already cancelled flights to China in the wake coronavirus infection in China. IndiGo temporarily suspended its flights between Kolkata and Guangzhou till February 25. China Eastern Airlines suspended its flights between Kolkata and Kunming in China from February 10 to February 29.
Earlier, aviation regulator imposed restrictions on foreigners coming from the world's second largest economy. Foreigners who went to China on or after January 15 will not be allowed to enter India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) mentioned in a circular.
"Foreigners who have been to China on or after January 15, 2020, are not allowed to enter India from any air, land or seaport, including Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan, Indo-Bangladesh or Indo-Myanmar land borders," the DGCA said.
Aviation regulator also said that all visas issued to Chinese nationals before February 5 have been suspended.
"Centre is closely monitoring the the situation," said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. Till now, more than 2 lakh people have been screened at various airports and ports. At present, the screening procedure is going on at 12 major airports and 65 ports across India.
Currently, passengers arriving from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok are being screened at the airports across the country.