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China advisory to India: Separate students with coronavirus symptoms from families

Several students have returned from Wuhan, one of the epicentres of coronavirus, on account of the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays

January 27, 2020 / 11:13 AM IST
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A leading Chinese scientist has advised Indian authorities to ‘swiftly’ separate families from students, who have returned to the country and are showing symptoms of the coronavirus, to avoid the spread of the deadly disease.

Gao Fu, the Director-General of Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in China, stated that 'home quarantine' should be enough for the ones who do not exhibit any symptoms of coronavirus, Hindustan Times reported.

Several students have returned from Wuhan, one of the epicentres of coronavirus, on account of the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays. “A lot of Indian students studying in China are back in India. I think the measures the students (should) take when they return to India are the same as (what) Wuhan’s university (takes) when they return to China from other cities including Beijing,” Gao said on the sidelines of the National Health Commission (NHC) press conference in Beijing on January.

Fu suggested home quarantine measures for the ones who have returned from China and not having any symptoms like fever or cough. These people should take preventive measures like drinking plenty of water, washing hands frequently, wearing a mask and reducing group activity. 

“Of course, if students who have returned to India find themselves with obvious symptoms of the coronavirus, they should be encouraged to go to the hospital and separate themselves from others swiftly,” Fu said.

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first published: Jan 27, 2020 11:13 am

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