Separate those with Coronavirus symptoms, Chinese scientist tells India
27 January 2020
As the number of Coronavirus cases continued to surge and Shanghai, a megacity of more than 24 million people reported its first death from the virus, Chinese authorities have asked Indian authorities to swiftly separate Indian students with Coronavirus symptoms from their families.
Indian authorities should “swiftly” separate from their families students who have returned to the country from China and exhibit symptoms of the novel Coronavirus infection to prevent the spread of the disease, reports citing one of China’s leading scientists on the disease has said.
Gao Fu, the director-general of China’s apex Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said for those not exhibiting the symptoms “home quarantine” should be good enough, the report added.
Fu’s warning comes as the Indian embassy in Beijing is trying to evacuate about 46 Indian students trapped in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel Coronavirus outbreak, while several others have returned to India this month for the Chinese Lunar New Year (LNY) holidays, raising the spectre of an unaware carrier infecting others.
Around 250-odd Indians, mostly students, are reported to remain in a locked down Wuhan.
The disease can be transmitted between humans and is highly contagious.
While no Indian who has travelled from China recently has been diagnosed with the disease yet, authorities are tracking several of them.
“A lot of Indian students studying in China are back in India. I think the measures the students (should) take when they go back to India are the same as (what) Wuhan’s university (take) when they returned China’s other cities including Beijing,” Gao said on the sidelines of the national health commission (NHC) press conference in Beijing on Sunday.
“We have been advocating (for everyone) home quarantine is enough if you don’t have symptom (of the infection like fever and cough); follow basic hygiene measures such as wearing a mask when you go out and reduce group activity,” Gao, who is considered one of the foremost experts on viruses in China, said, adding that they should drink plenty of water and wash hands frequently.
“Of course, if students who have returned to India found themselves with obvious symptoms of the Coronavirus, they should be encouraged to go to the hospital, separate them from others swiftly,” he said.
“It is the most basic thing you can do to protect yourself from infectious diseases no matter what it is,” he said.