Eight students from Tamil Nadu have been screened in Coimbatore upon their arrival from Coronavirus hit Wuhan province in China. They were studying medicine there and they returned home upon the outbreak of the epidemic.
A medical team already in place in the airport subjected them to thermal screening and found them not infected . Even so, health officials asked them not to come out of their houses for the next 28 days as the virus spreads in the air and through contact. Their parents have also been advised to keep them in isolation and protect themselves from infection.
Of the eight, four are from Coimbatore, two from Pollachi and one each from Dindigul and Chennai, according to reports reaching Chennai.
Their arrival on Monday coincided with State Health Secretary C Vijayabhaskar reviewing precautionary measures with visiting officials from the Union Health Ministry. He told reporters that though only one case had been reported in the region, that too in Nepal, India was not taking any chances and the Tamil Nadu Government had also stepped up vigil.
The large family of virus—the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) causes a range of illnesses from the common cold to acute respiratory distress like breathing difficulties. It has killed over 80 in China and affected over 2,700 so far. The virus which is said to have emerged from animal and seafood has spread from Wuhan to as far as the US.