Hyderabad: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare updates its travel advisory in the wake of coronavirus. The Ministry asked Indians not to travel to countries like Singapore, South Korea, Iran, and Italy.

The travel advisory comes as deaths related to coronavirus and persons infected with coronavirus are increasing in these countries. The advisory also said that the people arriving from South Korea, Iran and Italy or those having a history of travel to these countries may be quarantined for 14 days on arrival to India.

The advisory says if there is a compelling necessity to travel to these countries than some health measures should be taken. Travellers are asked to wash their hands frequently with soap, maintaining respiratory hygiene, avoiding undercooked meats and avoiding going to animal farms or were animals are slaughtered.

If the person who has returned back from these countries and shows symptoms like cold and cough within 28 days of arrival than it is better to get tested in the nearest health facility, says the advisory.

As of now, Singapore has not reported any coronavirus deaths but, 96 people have been infected with the virus. Italy has seen at least 650 infected cases and 17 deaths due to coronavirus. Iran has recorded 210 deaths due to coronavirus, being the highest among all. While South Korea had 17 deaths and 594 suspected coronavirus cases.

The COVID-19 initially originated in China’s Wuhan and has spread to other countries. While WHO has not yet called it a pandemic.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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