Coronavirus outbreak: Over 3000 people entering Tripura screened



Altogether 3390 people, who had entered into the state through Akhaura Checkpost and MBB Airport, have been screened after the Centre alerted all the states in the aftermath of novel coronovirus outbreak in China, official sources confirmed here today.

An average of 600 people or tourists, who are coming to the state through Akhura ICP daily, are being screened by infrared thermometer but no adverse report has come to the knowledge of officials so far, said a senior health department official.

We are not checking all the people coming from across the border; only those who have symptoms of fever or cough are being screened by the trained health workers, he said adding that the screening process would continue till February 12.


"At MBB Airport, a screening desk has already been established but no one is thoroughly checked yet as no suspected case has come to our knowledge so far", said an official of Airports Authority of India (AAI).

When contacted, Director of Family Welfare and Preventive Medicine Dr. Radha Debbarma said all necessary steps have been taken as per the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health.

"Only those who have high fever with cough are being screened because checking of all the people or travelers may irk them. An isolation ward has been set up at AGMC for unforeseen event. We are totally ready to tackle any eventuality", she added.