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Coronavirus: Two Passengers Found Positive At Kolkata Airport

Coronavirus epidemic is a looming threat that has left countries across the globe taking precautions to prevent its outbreak. Recently two passengers arriving from Bangkok have tested positive at the Kolkata NSCBI airport. The news was shared by the airport authorities of India. this takes the total to three positive cases in Kolkata. The passengers identified as Himadri Barman and Nagendra Singh have been sent to Beliaghata ID Hospital.

The majority of cases of this new coronavirus are in China where the illness originated but the second-largest outbreak is on board a cruise ship docked in Japan at least 135 people on the ship have been diagnosed with the virus. Only Hubei province – which accounts for more than 80% of overall Chinese infections – is using the new definition to diagnose new cases.

The Director of NSCBI Airport, Kaushik Bhattacharjee, told PTI, Earlier a passenger named Anita Oraon had tested positive during thermal screening.

Not only Kolkata but a passenger onboard SpiceJet’s Bangkok-Delhi flight was quarantined after landing at Delhi airport. The airline suspected he was infected with the coronavirus.

Ever since the novel coronavirus epidemic struck China. Passengers of flights coming to Kolkata from Kunming and Guangzhou in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok were being screened since January 17. Many airlines have suspended flights to the virus hit country that is reeling under the deaths caused by the virus. Low-cost carrier IndiGo has temporarily suspended its flights between Kolkata and Guangzhou from 6 February.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is seeking “further clarity” from China about the changes to how cases of the virus are being confirmed. China has been accused of suppressing the full extent of the outbreak in the past, says the BBC’s Nick Beake in Hong Kong.

The number of deaths and new cases from China’s coronavirus outbreak spiked dramatically on Thursday. The hard-hit central province of Hubei reported 242 deaths in just one day and 14,840 new patients. The jump raised the death toll to 1,355 and the total number of nationwide infections to nearly 60,000.


China has placed some 56 million in virtual quarantine in Hubei and its capital, Wuhan. They have restricted movements of millions more in cities far from the epicenter to contain the virus.

In other additions:

  • In the UK, officials are attempting to trace the contacts of the latest person to be diagnosed with coronavirus. The woman, who flew into London Heathrow from China a few days ago, is the ninth case to be confirmed
  • Japan has announced its first coronavirus death – a woman in her 80s who lived in Kanagawa
  • Australia has extended its ban on people coming from mainland China for another week, to 22 February from 15 February
  • Hong Kong’s most high-profile sports event, the Rugby Sevens, as well as the Singapore Sevens, are expected to be postponed
  • China said it would stagger the return of children to school. Several provinces have closed schools until the end of February
  • In Vietnam, which borders China, thousands of people in villages near the capital, Hanoi, have been put under quarantine after several cases of the virus were discovered. Vietnam has now confirmed at least 16 cases of Covid-19
  • The Red Cross has called for sanctions relief for North Korea, which would allow the aid agency to transfer funds to buy equipment. Testing kits and protective clothing are urgently needed to prepare for a possible outbreak, it says
  • British rap star Stormzy has postponed the Asian leg of his tour – he had been due to play in locations including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia in March

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