Two passengers test positive for coronavirus at Kolkata airport

Kolkata: Two passengers who arrived at NSCBI Airport in West Bengal from Bangkok have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Airports Authority of India officials said on Thursday.

With this, a total of three passengers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Kolkata.

A passenger called Himadri Barman tested positive on Tuesday, and Nagendra Singh tested positive on Wednesday, said the director of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kaushik Bhattacharjee.

Both of them were sent to Beliaghata ID Hospital, he said.

“Earlier a passenger called Anita Oraon had also tested positive during thermal scanning,” Bhattacharjee said.

Already two airlines that had direct flights between Kolkata and China have suspended their flights.

Two Indians aboard Diamond Princess cruise infected:Two Indians aboard the Diamond Princess cruise were found infected with coronavirus on Wednesday. The Indian Embassy in Japan gave this information. The embassy reported that 160 Indians, including passengers and crew members, were aboard the ship. To prevent the spread of virus infection in Japan, it has been decided to hold the cruise at the port itself till 19 February. The cruise has a total of 3711 people.

Flights suspended: Low cost carrier IndiGo has temporarily suspended its flights between Kolkata and Guangzhou from February 6.

“In line with the World Health Organization guideline to contain the spread of coronavirus, IndiGo will be suspending its Kolkata-Guangzhou service from February 6, 2020 to February 25, 2020 and Guangzhou-Kolkata from February 7 till February 26,” the airline had said in a statement.

After IndiGo, China Eastern Airlines suspended its flights between Kolkata and Kunming in China from February 10 to February 29.

Passengers of flights coming to Kolkata from Kunming and Guangzhou in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok were being screened since January 17.

At present, passengers arriving from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok are being screened as no flights are operating to and from China.

US major airline United Airlines has decided to postpone flights to China until April 24 amid the growing outbreak of Coronavirus.

Vietnam announced on Thursday that 10,000 people would be kept under observation for 20 days due to the possibility of infection with coronavirus. So far 15 cases have been confirmed in the country.