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COVID-19 screening & testing centers set up along North Eastern borders

COVID-19 screening & testing centers set up along North Eastern borders

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  9 March 2020 7:55 AM GMT

* Coronavirus positive cases in India stand at 39

AGARTALA: Authorities have set up screening and testing centers along the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, whose borders run along with seven north-eastern states of India.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), along with the State governments in Northeast, has been maintaining strict vigilance in all the 12 functional airports in the north-eastern region.

AAI Regional Executive Director Sanjeev Jindal said of the two international airports in the Northeast — Guwahati and Imphal — no international flight was operating in Imphal, while no other airline except Bhutan’s Drukair operated flights between Guwahati, Singapore, Thailand, and Bhutan.

“No passenger has yet come directly to the Northeast from the coronavirus-affected countries. Our personnel deployed at the medical and screening counters in all 12 functional airports in the north-eastern States are screening the incoming passengers,” Jindal said.

Screening and testing centers are now operational at check-posts along the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and India-Myanmar border in Manipur, Nagaland, and Mizoram.

The coronavirus first emerged in China in December last year and has since spread to 97 countries and has infected 102,180 people, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus tracker. More than 3,500 people have been killed due to the virus so far.

With five new cases of the novel coronavirus reported from Kerala on Sunday, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India stands at 39. (IANS)

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