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Courtesy: Video released by fishermen

As the death toll due to Coronavirus exceeds 3,000 globally, an Indian student, who returned from Wuhan University on Monday, tested positive for the infection. Three cases have been confirmed in India so far.

Earlier, 400 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, stranded in Iran, raised an urgent request to the central government to airlift them from the country. Iran has registered 50 deaths amid 978 total registered cases.

“We are stranded at Azalur in Iran. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus in this country, we are confined to our rooms and cannot leave,” a man said in a video viral on social media.

In the video, fishermen, speaking in Tamil seek urgent help. The stranded fishermen add that they are now running short on food and fuel supplies and have no masks to protect themselves.

Similar appeals were made from 60 fishermen from Kerala, stranded in Azalur, Iran.

Following this, the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar to take immediate action to save the fishermen.

Senior Congress leader and MP of Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor, also sent a letter to the External Minister S Jaishankar to take immediate action over the issue.

Replying to the queries, Union Minister Jaishankar tweeted that the government is “collaborating with the Iranian authorities to set up a screening process for the return of Indians.”

The most affected state, Kerala has 237 out of 305 travellers from the coronavirus affected countries kept under home isolation currently.

A screening of the passengers coming to India from Kathmandu, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia officially started today.

21 airports have been designated in the country for the screening of the travellers with possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

A fresh travel advisory has also been issued by the central government urging everyone to refrain from travelling to China, and also to avoid all non-urgent visits to Singapore. The advisory also said that the intended visitors from China might apply afresh for an Indian visa.

On February 23, India imposed restrictions on the export of some medical equipment saying that the precautions have been taken place in accordance with the WHO’s advisory released on coronavirus.


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