81 confirmed cases of COVID19 in India; 64 Indians, 17 foreigners: Ministry
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81 confirmed cases of COVID19 in India; 64 Indians, 17 foreigners: Ministry

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The Union Health Ministry on Friday has confirmed 81 positive cases of coronavirus in India, out of which 64 are Indian citizens, 16 Italians and 1 Canadian national.

The ministry also maintained that there is no epidemic of the novel coronavirus in the country. Government advised people to focus on hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and social distancing.

“All passengers returning to India should report their travel itinerary to the authorities and everyone should remember to wear a mask before stepping out to see a doctor,” Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry told reporters at a press briefing.

To check the spread of coronavirus, the Indian government has decided to inspect international traffic through land immigration checkposts.

“We have 37 such checkposts, and we have allowed traffic through 19 of them to India. Cross-border buses and trains from Bangladesh will remain suspended till further notice. However, Bhutanese and Nepalese citizens will have visa-free entries to India,” a health ministry official said.

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