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A total of 83 people who flew on an Air India flight from Milan, Italy, to Delhi, India, have now been quarantined at an Indian Army facility in Manesar over fears they may be infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Out of this total, 74 people are Indian nationals and nine are foreign nationals, six of which are Italian and three from the US.
The group, which flew in the AI138 flight, comprises 40 men, 26 women, 16 children, and one infant.
A spokesperson from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was quoted by LiveMint as saying: “The evacuees will be monitored for over 14 days by a qualified team of doctors and staff members. They will watch for any signs of infection. If any individual is suspected to be infected, he/she will be shifted to an isolation facility.”
As the passengers were not screened for Covid-19 in the Italian airport, they were initially taken to an isolation bay at Delhi Airport where they were later screened for the disease, according to an Air India spokesperson.
Daily medical examinations of all the individuals will be carried out at the medical facility.
Those showing no symptoms after 14 days will be allowed to go home with their detailed documentation sent to the state or district surveillance units, the government stated.
Those infected with the coronavirus will be transferred to Safdarjung Hospital’s isolation ward for further medical examination.
Swabs of the passengers will be sent to the Department of Virology, AIIMS, and the tests will be confirmed by the National Centre for Disease Control.
The health ministry spokesperson said: “Patients will be discharged only after clinical recovery and two successive negative samples tested for n-COV. Apart from playing games, watching TV and having meals together within a barrack, no one will be allowed to interact with the members of another barrack.”