Coronavirus: 104 people kept at ITBP facility test negative


New Delhi: A total of 104 people kept at an Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITPB) facility here have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, while results for over 300 inmates are awaited, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

Four hundred and six people have been quarantined at the ITBP facility in Delhi’s Chhawla area since last week after they were brought in two batches from Wuhan in China onboard separate Air India flights.

“Samples of all the people being hosted at our facility were taken. So far 104 samples have been found negative for coronavirus infection, while the report for the rest 302 people is awaited,” ITBP spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said.

Seven people from this group kept at the ITBP centre have been shifted to Safdarjung and AIIMS hospitals over the last two days as a precautionary measure and there condition is not linked to the virus infection, added Pandey.

The ITBP facility in the Chhawla area also has seven Maldivians and one Bangaldeshi citizen.

Over 600 Indians have been evacuated from Wuhan by the government. The remaining evacuees have been kept at another quarantine facility set up by the Army in Manesar.

Wuhan, Hubei’s capital, is the epicentre of the outbreak.




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