All 406 people brought back to India from China tested negative for coronavirus, say officials
The final samples of all the people quarantined at the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) facility were collected on Friday.Updated: Feb 16, 2020, 18:01 IST
All 406 people, housed at quarantine facility in Delhi after being brought back from Wuhan in China, tested negative for coronavirus in the final test, PTI reported on Sunday.
They will be discharged in phased manner from Monday, the news agency reported officials as saying.
The final samples of all the people quarantined at the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) facility were collected on Friday.
Their samples were tested at least twice earlier and were found to be negative
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan had said three days ago on February 13 that the clinical samples of the 654 evacuees at Manesar and ITBP camps had been tested and all of them were found to be negative.
Harsh Vardhan had said that there were only three positive cases of Coronavirus in the country and all them were Kerala students who had gone to Wuhan, China for studies. One of them has already been discharged from the hospital after she turned negative following treatment, two others are said to be stable.
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Government had set up Manesar and ITBP camps in January this year to quarantine Indian citizens arriving from China and those who were evacuated by special flights arranged by the government.
All the quarantined people were first monitored by a qualified team of doctors to watch for any signs of the infection and their samples were later tested to completely rule it out.
An expert team of ITBP and Safdurjang Hospital doctors were deployed at the camp.
Health ministry had earlier on February 6 announced that all the 510 samples tested by ICMR network laboratories were found to be negative.
Evacuees from China were brought on two Air India B-747 aircrafts on February 1 and February 2 and kept at the government created facilities.