Six ‘asymptomatic’ Chinese tourists put under surveillance in Shimla amid coronavirus outbreak; none visited Wuhan after 15 Jan

  • Six Chinese nationals, who arrived in Himachal Pradesh in the past few days, were put under surveillance in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China

  • Visas of the five-member group are valid till 27 February, whereas the sixth person's visa is valid till June

  • The Chinese had earlier visited several Indian cities, including Kolkata, Gaya, Delhi, Rishikesh, Chandigarh, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur and Amritsar

Shimla: Six Chinese nationals, who arrived in Himachal Pradesh in the past few days, were put under surveillance on Wednesday in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, an official said.

 Six ‘asymptomatic’ Chinese tourists put under surveillance in Shimla amid coronavirus outbreak; none visited Wuhan after 15 Jan

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The Chinese nationals, who arrived in two batches on 13 and 16 February via Kolkata, were "asymptomatic".

The state health department got to know about their presence on Tuesday night. They have been put under surveillance and advised to report to the health officials in case of symptoms of cough and fever, the official said.

Officials of the integrated disease surveillance programme (IDSP) on Wednesday visited the home stay in Lakkar Bazar where they have been staying and found that they were "asymptomatic". None of the six Chinese nationals visited Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, after 15 January, the official said.

Five of them came to India from China on 28 and 29 January, whereas the sixth Chinese national came from Malaysia on 29 January. The five Chinese were screened in China before leaving for India and they were again screened at the Kolkata airport.

Visas of the five-member group are valid till 27 February, whereas the sixth person's visa is valid till June. All of them are scheduled to leave Shimla on Thursday, he added.

The Chinese had earlier visited several Indian cities, including Kolkata, Gaya, Delhi, Rishikesh, Chandigarh, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur and Amritsar.

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