2nd GoM meet reviews coronavirus preparedness in country


New Delhi: A high level Group of Ministers (GoM) was constituted to review, monitor and evaluate the preparedness for management of Novel Coronavirus.

This has been renamed by World Health Organization as COVID-19 in the country.

Earlier, the first meeting of GoM, on the directions of Prime Minister, was held at Nirman Bhawan under the chairpersonship of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare. The second meeting of the GoM was held on Thursday.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, along with  Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, Dr. S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, Nityananda Rai, Minister of State for Home,  Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/c), Ministry of Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilisers and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare

The reports said a presentation of the status of the COVID-19 was made to the GOM. The members were also apprised of the current status of the three cases reported positive from Kerala.

The GoM was also informed about the two Quarantine Centres having 645 persons evacuated from Wuhan.

The GoM was also briefed that a total of 2,315 flights were screened covering a total of 2,49,447 passengers. The screening of passengers is ongoing in 21 airports, international seaports and border crossings particularly with Nepal, the reports said.

It is also learnt that the preparedness and actions are being reviewed at the highest level everyday by the Union Health Minister and the Cabinet Secretary and other high level officials.


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