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COVID-19: Press Releases and Updates in January by the Government of India and the World Health Organisation [HTML and PDFs]

A compilation of press releases issued by the Government of India through the Press Information Bureau, Delhi, for the month of January 2020.

Press Releases on COVID-19 issued by the Government of India




Press Releases in January

 

January 31, 2020

20. Update on Novel Coronavirus: Quarantine centres are being established at Manesar and Chawla Camp Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
"Government of India has made elaborate arrangements for the evacuation of 366 Indian citizens from Wuhan city in response to the emergency situation that has arisen due to outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in China." The incoming Indian passengers to be quarantined for 14 days at the two Quarantine Centres set-up at Manesar (managed by Armed Forces Medical Services) and Chawla Camp (managed by ITBP). All proposed male passengers (approx. 280) are proposed to be sent to Manesar Camp and families/females (approx. 90) can be housed in the ITBP camp. If any person is found affected by Novel Coronavirus, he/she will be shifted to the designated hospital for further investigation and management." 7.03 PM IST, PIB Delhi. Read more [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1601367]. Click here for PDF.

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January 30, 2020

19. Cabinet Secretary holds high level review on Novel Coronavirus: All travellers from China since 15 Jan 2020 shall be tested for nCoV Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The Cabinet Secretary held four review meetings to date. Preparedness was reviewed with the concerned Ministries of Health & Family Welfare, External Affairs, Defence, Home Affairs, Civil Aviation, Information & Broadcasting, Labour & Employment, and Shipping. Video conference with Chief Secretaries of the States and Union Territories; a number of new steps taken.  6:43PM IST, PIB Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1601169]. Click here for PDF.

18. Update on Novel Coronavirus: one positive case reported in Kerala - Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
"One positive case of Novel Coronavirus patient, of a student studying in Wuhan University, has been reported in Kerala." 1.30 PM, IST. PIB, Delhi. Read More... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1601095]. Click here for PDF.

17. Advice for travellers returning from China Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Advisory on what Novel Coronavirus is, symptoms, how to protect oneself and others from getting sick. 12.47 pm IST, PIB, Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1601091]. Click here for PDF.

 

January 29, 2020

16. Special Secretary, Union Health Ministry, reviews the preparedness of States/UTs on Coronavirus through video conference Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Assures States of all support from the Health Ministry, including orientation of medical personnel/staff and other agencies through regular video conferencing. 5.21 PM IST, PIB Delhi.  Read more...  [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600993]. Click here for PDF.

15. Advisory to recess the symptoms of respiratory tract in possible Corona virus infected cases Ministry of AYUSH
Further advisory to recess the symptoms of respiratory tract in possible Corona virus infected cases. 3.49 PM IST, PIB, Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600940]. Click here for PDF

  • 14. Advisory for Corona virus - Ministry of AYUSH
    Research Councils under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India have issued advisory based on the Indian traditional medicine practices:
    Ayurveda, Homeopathy,  Unani 10.29 AM IST, PIB, Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600895]. Click here for PDF.

 

January 28, 2020

13. Cabinet Secretary reviews preparedness on Novel Coronavirus - Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The Ministry of Health and the Cabinet  Secretariat are "regularly reviewing" the "situation arising out of Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China", along with Secretaries in the Ministries of Health, External Affairs, Civil Aviation, Shipping, Defence, I&B and Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority. Health Ministry procuring more thermal scanners, Ministry of External Affairs has made a formal request to China for facilitating Indian citizens from Wuhan. 6:16PM, PIB Delhi. Read more...  [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600838]. Click here for PDF.

 

January 27, 2020

12. Cabinet Secretary reviews the preventive measures on "Novel Coronavirus" outbreak Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
No cases reported so far. Reviews situation with Secretaries in the Ministries of Health, External Affairs, Civil Aviation, Labour, Defence, I&B and Member-Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority, DG (Armed Forces Medical Services). Health Ministry also held a review meeting earlier today with Chief Secretaries to review the preparedness and screening in 5 states having border with Nepal, in addition to Principal Secretaries (Health) of other States.  They have been asked to ensure that community level monitoring of passengers is undertaken through health staff. 8.10 PM IST, PIB Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600761]. Click here for PDF.

  • 11. Cabinet Secretary reviews the preventive measures on "Novel Coronavirus" outbreak Cabinet Secretariat
    Lists action to be taken by Ministries of Civil Aviation, Home Affairs, and Shipping, which include instructions to airlines to notify “anybody reporting illness on all flights with direct or connectivity to China”, ensure that “integrated check posts initiate screening of visitors across Nepal border”, and to initiate screening at international [sea] ports having traffic from China. 7.25 PM, IST PIB, Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600746]. Click here for PDF.
  • 10. Meeting by Cabinet Secretary on "Novel Coronavirus" outbreakMinistry of Information and Broadcasting
    Cabinet Secretary reviews the situation arising out of“Novel Coronavirus” outbreak in China. The Cabinet Secretary was informed that till yesterday 137 flights have been screened (total cumulative passengers 29707), samples of 12 passengers were referred to NIV Pune.  No positive case has been reported so far. 7.10 PM IST, PIB Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600744]. Click here for PDF.

9. Health Secretary reviews preparedness of Ministries/Depts and States on Coronavirus through video conference
– Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
India steps up vigil after a case of Novel Coronavirus is confirmed in Nepal. Orientation of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the medical personnel, and health officials has also been conducted. 5.32 PM IST.  PIB Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600712]. Click here for PDF.

 

January 25, 2020   

8. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister chairs a high level meeting on Coronavirus outbreakPrime Minister’s Office
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, P. K. Mishra, chairs high-level meeting on the Coronavirus outbreak in China. Cabinet Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary Home Affairs Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary External Affairs Shri Vijay Gokhale, Secretary Defence Shri Ajay Kumar, Secretary Health and Family Welfare Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary Civil Aviation Shri Pradeep Singh Kharola and several other top officials attend the meeting. 7.29 PM IST, PIB Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600552]. Click here for PDF.

 

January 24, 2020  

7. Update on Novel Coronavirus: No nCoV case has been detected in the country – Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Three persons placed under observation. Travel advisory extended to 12 more airports in addition to the existing three. 6.38 PM IST, PIB Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600473]. Click here for PDF.

 

January 23, 2020

6.  Action taken by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Lists action taken by the Union Health Ministry including requesting the Ministry of External Affairs to disseminate travel advisory (in local languages) to “Indian Embassies in China and adjoining countries for wider circulation and passenger information” and to provide details of Indian students in China. Ministry of Home Affairs requested to share details of travellers from China who have been issued e-Visa since 31 December, 2019. 4.45 PM IST, PIB Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600329]. Click here for PDF.

 

January 22, 2020

5. 9156 Passengers from 43 Flights screened for novel Coronavirus (nCoV) - No case of nCoV has been detectedUnion Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
“As of 21st January, a total of 43 flights and 9,156 passengers have been screened for novel Coronavirus illness. Till now, no case has been detected through these screening efforts. We are on alert & our preparedness is sturdy”, says Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Government of India, Preeti Sudan. 4.34 PM IST, PIB Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600137]. Click here for PDF.

 

January 20, 2020

4. Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in China: Actions taken by the Health Ministry - Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
WHO’s risk assessment continues to remain “low”. List  of measures initiated by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as a matter of “abundant precaution”. 8:03PM IST, PIB Delhi. Read more...  [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1599901]. Click here for PDF.

3. NCDC Call Centre number made operational - Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Union Health Minister directs formation of multidisciplinary central teams to be sent to the seven States where thermal screening is being done at the seven designated airports (New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi); 24x7 call centre made operational. 2.59 pm IST, PIB, Delhi. Read more...  [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600517]. Click here for PDF.

 

January 17, 2020

2. Novel coronavirus outbreak in China: Travel advisory to travelers visiting ChinaUnion Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

An infection with a novel coronavirus has been reported from China. As on 11th January, 2020, 41 confirmed cases have been reported so far, of which one has died. Only travel related cases have been reported (one each) in Thailand and Japan. The clinical signs and symptoms are mainly fever with a few patients having difficulty in breathing.
The mode of transmission is unclear as of now. However, so far there is little evidence of significant human-to-human transmission.
Although WHO’s risk assessment of a global spread has been stated as “low”, as a matter of abundant precaution, GoI issues advisory for travellers to China. 2.54 pm IST, PIB, Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1599666]. Click here for PDF.

1. Union Health Ministry reviews preparedness for Novel Corona VirusUnion Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Union Government orders screening of incoming passengers from China; issues directions for laboratory surveillance, infection prevention and control (IPC); shares IPC guidelines with States; says that "adequate stocks of personal protection equipment (PPE) is available". 2.53 pm IST, PIB, Delhi. Read more... [https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1599665]. Click here for PDF.
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