15 quarantined Italian tourists may have coronavirus

One of them was tested positive for the virus on Tuesday

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The immediate concern of the Tamil Nadu government is to screen all the passengers arriving to the state and keep track of the infected COVID cases, if any. File photo: PTI

At least 15 of the 21 Italian tourists, who have been quarantined in Delhi, may be infected with coronavirus, said a Hindustan Times report.

The 21 Italian nationals are currently lodged at Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s (ITBP) quarantine facility in Chhawla.

One of the Italian tourists, tested positive for the virus on Tuesday (March 3), raising India’s number of positive cases to six.

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He along with the other tourists had travelled to Jaipur after landing in Delhi. His wife is also being monitored.

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In view of the recent cases, the Centre has made it mandatory for all international passengers to fill self-declaration forms after landing in India. The passengers are required to submit their personal details, medical history and travel details to health and immigration officials at all international airports.

The Centre has also expanded the screening for all passengers arriving from 12 countries.

The development comes just a day after two people – one in Telangana and another in Delhi – were tested positive for the virus in Monday. The patient from Delhi had come from Italy in December while the person from Telangana had returned from Dubai where he had come in contact with people from Hong Kong.

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Earlier, three cases of coronavirus were reported from Kerala’s Thrissur, Alappuzha and Kasargod districts. The patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

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