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Coronavirus advisory: Government asks citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Singapore

Currently, passengers from China, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Japan are screened at 21 designated airports in the country for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Published: 22nd February 2020 03:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2020 03:56 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: In furtherance to the travel advisory issued earlier in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the government on Saturday advised citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Singapore.

It also said screening at airports is now being planned for flight passengers coming to India from Kathmandu, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia from Monday.

Currently, passengers from China, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan are screened at 21 designated airports in the country for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

The decision was taken during a review meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary to take stock of the status, actions taken and preparedness of states and UTs regarding the management of novel coronavirus (COVID19) here on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry said.

"In furtherance to the travel advisory issued earlier, citizens are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Singapore," the ministry said in a statement.

As on date, 21,805 passengers have been brought under community surveillance.

In addition, 3,97,152 flight passengers and 9,695 travelers at seaports have been screened, it said.

After a detailed review, in addition to the screening as per earlier advisories, universal screening at airports is now being planned for flights from Kathmandu, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia from Monday, the ministry said.

Secretaries of ministries of Health, Civil Aviation, Defence, Information and Broadcasting, DG AFMS and representatives from External Affairs Ministry, Home Affairs Ministry, Bureau of Immigration, ITBP and Army were also present at the meeting, the statement said.

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  • Ashok

    So how does this impact travellers and the airlines- To give an example- we do not want to travel by Singapore airlines from Delhi to Singapore in first week April. already booked and paid for tickets. WE have asked a refund of our tickets
    1 month ago reply
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