Coronavirus : Chinese passenger vomits on Air India flight, admitted to Pune hospital

Coronavirus : Chinese passenger vomits on Air India flight, admitted to Pune hospital

Written By: / Saturday, 08 February 2020 17:46

IT News
Mumbai, Feb 8

A 51 year old Chinese man was admitted to a hospital in Pune (Maharashtra) for possible exposure to novel coronavirus (2019-CoV) after he complained of nausea and vomited on Delhi-Pune Air India flight, on Friday.  
The passenger vomited on board and after the plane landed at the Pune airport, he was immediately isolated and shifted to Pune Municipal Corporation’s Naidu Hospital. The flight was cleaned and sanitised before it took off for Delhi again. Resultantly the flight was delayed by over four hours, due to  the incident.  
Chief Health Officer of Pune Municipal Corporation, Ramchandra Hankare, said the passenger’s blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology for analysis.
With this number of isolated patients in Maharashtra went up to (5)- Pune(3)- Ahmednagar-1, Jalgaon-1. Thirty patients who were isolated earlier were discharged. Whereas 4 patients ((Nagpur-3, Mumbai-1).remained admitted to  hospital  
National statistics was: Passengers scanned in India-1.39 lakh (1275 flights), confirmed cases-3, isolated- 150. The global statistics: Died-638 (China-636, Hongkong-1, Phillipines-1), affected-31535  (critical-4826), recovered-1778.
In another development an isolation ward has been created at Mumbai Port Trust’s (MbPT)Hospital in Wadala, to scan the crew and passengers showing symptoms of coronavirus and an ambulance has been  kept standby in the docks for an emergency.
The trust has asked vessel agents and master of foreign vessels coming from countries affected by Corona Virus, to inform Harbour Master (HM) or Port Health Officer (PHO) through email about crews suspected of virus infection with details including name, nationality, age, sex, symptoms and the history of previous visit to China. A self-declaration will be obtained from the crew/passengers with the history of travel to China and also who belongs to Chinese origins.
“N95 masks and other Personal Protective Equipments have been procured and issued to the Doctors, Pilots and concerned officers likely to come in contact with vessel crew and passengers. Signages have been placed at prominent locations to create awareness against the disease. Regular coordination and liaison are maintained with Port Health Officer (PHO) and DG of Health Services. SOP have been framed and circulated to vessel agents and concerned,” a  spokesman for MbPT said.
Till now, the MbPT  has screened 158 crew members and 19 passengers from vessels either coming from China or having the history of travel to the coronavirus-hit country. However, no crew/passenger showing symptoms of coronavirus has been detected.
The passengers having a history of travel to China are being screened with the thermal scanner. For crew of the vessel coming from China and South East Asia and crew/passengers who have visited China in the last one month, shore leave/ shore excursion is not being allowed, MbPT Chief PRO V R Joglekar, said.
In the meanwhile, due to outbreak of coronavirus, the Indian women’s team which was  scheduled to travel to China from March 14 to 25, has cancelled its tour, leaving the Indian Hockey federation with the difficult task of finding an opponent to compete with as part of its preparation for the Olympics.

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