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The government has set up a 24X7 helpline number to attend to queries about the novel coronavirus (nCov) as number of cases rose across the world. "A 24X7 call centre is active for responding to queries on ncov2020. Anyone seeking information can call on the number 011-23978046," the Union ministry of health said in a tweet.

"If you seek any help, you may call to know details about District and State surveillance officers and in case any clinical query connect with Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Officer," the tweet read.

The call centre will direct suspected cases to experts in their area and will also monitor details of passengers provided by the ministry of external affairs.

The ministry also issued an appeal to those who have travelled to China since 1 January 2020, to “come forward for self-reporting to the call centre, the nearest health facility" if they experience any symptoms such as fever, cough, respiratory distress, etc and also inform their treating doctor.

Signs and symptoms of Coronavirus

-Coughing

-Fever

-Pneumonia

-Shortness of breath

-Vomiting

-Diarrhea

-In advanced cases, the patient can have very serious complications, which can lead to death, such as: Sever pneumonia, Renal (Kidney) failure.

Coronavirus infection is similar to a common cold and typically affects the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms include sore throat, mild headache and fever, cough and cold. The fever can last over two days.

What is novel coronavirus (nCoV)?

Novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from common cold to acute respiratory syndromes. The virus has emerged from a seafood and animal market in China's Wuhan, and is suspected to have spread to as far as the United States. According to the World Health Organisation, the common symptoms of the novel coronavirus strain include respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Centre steps up vigil

Thermal screening is being done at seven designated airports—New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi. Till Monday, a total 33,552 passengers arriving in India from China in 155 flights have been screened, PTI reported.

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