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Home / India News / Suspected coronavirus patient on SpiceJet’s Bangkok-Delhi flight quarantined

Suspected coronavirus patient on SpiceJet’s Bangkok-Delhi flight quarantined

The passenger has been quarantined by the airport authorities after the plane landed.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2020 15:44 IST
Neha LM Tripathi
Neha LM Tripathi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The person who is suspected to have contracted the novel coronavirus infection was seated on row 31F and was the only passenger who sat on there.
The person who is suspected to have contracted the novel coronavirus infection was seated on row 31F and was the only passenger who sat on there. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint Archives)

A passenger suspected to have the novel coronavirus (nCoV), who was travelling from Bangkok to New Delhi on Thursday has been quarantined, according to a statement released by budget carrier SpiceJet.

The statement from the airline said, “On February 13, 2020, a passenger travelling on SpiceJet flight SG-88 operating between Bangkok and Delhi was suspected of (having) the coronavirus infection. He was seated on seat number 31F and was the only passenger in that row.”

The Airport Health Organisation quarantined the passenger after the flight landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), SpiceJet authorities told the media.

The deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV) which was first reported in December in China and has since spread to 24 countries around the world. It has been declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Death toll due to this virus has crossed 1,300 so far and the number of confirmed cases has crossed 60,000.

Two other Indian nationals who were on board a Japanese cruise ship were also diagnosed with the new disease. On Sunday, an Indian national in Dubai was quarantined after he contracted the novel coronavirus disease.

One of three coronavirus patients who was admitted to the Alappuzha medical college hospital, Kerala was set to be discharged after he tested negative for the virus over six days. According to the health officials, he will be quarantined in his home till February 26 till he completes the 28-day incubation period. All three students who tested positive for the virus were students who returned from China’s Wuhan, which is the epicentre of the outbreak.

The World Health Organisation has declared a the 2-month-old coronavirus outbreak as a global public health emergency. The worldwide death toll has reached 1,367 with 242 new daily deaths reported by the Chinese government in Hubei province as of late Thursday. After health authorities in China started applying a new diagnosis method the daily rise in coronavirus cases rose to 14,840.

(with inputs from Agencies)