India on Thursday has reported 5 new deaths of Covid-19, including 3 Italian tourists and a 2 men in Gurgaon.
The government is working intensively to ensure meaningful intervention, if needed, to deal with the impact of unfolding Covid-19 crisis in the country, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She said different ministries are working in tandem to deal with any impact of Covid-19, which has so far infected more than 94,000 people across the world and claimed some 3,222 lives.
Sitharaman said she has held meetings with industry representatives along with secretaries to assess the situation and shared the inputs with different ministries.
The total number of cases in the country has jumped to 29 with a new case confirmed in Gurgaon on Wednesday, when an employee of payments app Paytm was tested positive
Paytm has shut its offices in Gurgaon and Noida for a couple of days to be sanitised. The patient “is receiving appropriate treatment and we are extending complete support to his family”, a company spokesperson said.
As a precautionary measure, we have suggested his team members to get health tests done immediately,” the person said. “However, there will not be any impact on our daily operations and Paytm services will continue as usual.”
Sixteen of the new cases were reported from Jaipur, including wife of the 69-year old Italian tourist who was tested positive on Tuesday, 14 other tourists from Italy who had been travelling with them, and their Indian bus driver. They have been sent Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s (ITBP) quarantine facility in Chhawla, Delhi, health minister Harsh Vardhan said
Besides, six family members of the Delhi man who was found to be infected on Tuesday have tested positive for the virus, Vardhan said. All of them are in isolation in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. The health ministry had earlier identified these six people from Agra as having “high viral load”.
The government has also decided to start universal screening for all passengers flying into the country from abroad for the virus at the airports besides testing people coming in through open borders.
Earlier, only passengers coming in from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia were being checked.