After the confirmation of coronavirus in the elderly Italian couple, who was part of a group of tourists that visited Jhunjhunu, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaipur from February 21 to 28, samples of those who came in contact with them were taken. These samples tested negative at the laboratory of SMS Medical College.
GOVERNMENT ON ITALIAN TOURISTS
URGENT for collectors of Jhunjhunu, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaipur-I and II regarding the Italian group's travel places between February 21 and 28,2020.
Please follow the instructions below and report compliance by Wednesday evening. Respective chief medical health officers (CMHOs) have been informed separately.
Public health measures in respect of the places visited by the Italian group:
1. Bus in which they travelled from IGI Airport to hotel: Bus to be disinfected, driver and cleaner to be home-quarantined for 14 days.
2. Hotels: Disinfection and enlisting of guests in these rooms (get health information and advice home isolation for 14 days for all guests in those rooms):
a. Disinfection of rooms: With 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite (mopping of all hard surfaces).
b. Total mopping of all areas, handles, chairs, tables etc., with SHC solution.
c. Get detailed addresses of all who have stayed in these rooms and follow up for health status and advice home quarantine for total 14 days.
The Rajasthan government, headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, has held several high-level meetings to take stock of the situation and ensure that it does not spiral out of control.
Several tourists, comprising of tourists from Italy, had visited various parts of Rajasthan including Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur. Two of them, a couple, were later found carrying coronavirus and had to be quarantined and were kept at the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital in Jaipur. Several others of that group were also found to be inflicted with coronavirus.
Rajasthan tourism minister Bishvendra Singh said that due to coronavirus, hotel bookings were being cancelled and that as per preliminary information, 20 to 30 per cent of bookings had been cancelled.
Fionna, a French tourist, who had been in Jaipur for some time with her French boyfriend, spoke to India Today. She claimed that the situation in India is not as bad compared to countries such as China and Italy but there is a drop in the number of foreign tourists visible at this time.
CM Ashok Gehlot had earlier directed that the central government's guidelines with regard to coronavirus be followed completely and if any person shows symptoms with regard to this virus, then that person be fully screened.
The Rajasthan CM also directed that arrangements be made for ensuring that if any other person shows symptoms of coronavirus during the screening then that person be kept in home isolation or at a hospital's isolation ward. (India Today)