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The union health ministry on Tuesday said two suspected novel coronavirus cases in Assam were found negative.

“All maximum precautions have been taken to detect and cure nCoV infected people,” officials in the union health ministry said.

Officials said Assam has strengthened the surveillance and control measures against the disease.

Till date, 179 air passengers have been screened at various airports across the state.

While 66 air passengers were screened at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati, 63 passengers were screened at Mohanbari Airport in Dibrugarh.

Seven air passengers were screened at Roroiya Airport in Jorhat, 7 at Kumbhir Gram Airport in Silchar, 25 at Lilabari Airport in North Lakhimpur and 11 passengers were screened at Salonibari Airport in Tezpur.

So far, 56 travellers who came from coronavirus affected countries have been identified and they have been kept in home isolation.

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Out of them, 23 passengers are from other states and Bhutan including 9 from Meghalaya, 6 from Bhutan, 3 from Nagaland and 5 from Telangana.

This information has been shared with the states from where the passengers belong and all of them have left Assam.

Also read: Assam tests first suspected coronavirus case

“Till date, 2 samples were sent to NIV Pune for coronavirus test from Assam out of which one sample was found negative while the other sample was sent back as it was a non-indicated case,” officials said.

Helpline No 104 (Sarathi) and control room have been established on shift basis for receiving call and extending support.

Till date, 39 calls have been received and information shared.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the public has been advised to adhere to health advisories issued by the state government.

“The public should follow the cough etiquette by covering the nose and mouth using handkerchief/towel while sneezing/coughing and do frequent hand washing with soap and water,” officials said.

Those who have arrived from coronavirus affected countries should remain under strict home isolation for 28 days from the date of arrival in India, irrespective of whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic.

As there are no positive cases in Assam, the border districts of Baksa, Chirang, Kokrajhar and Udalguri are on novel coronavirus surveillance and any suspected persons are advised to report immediately to the District Surveillance Units (DSU)/  State Surveillance Units (SSU), Integrated District Surveillance Unit, Assam.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the recent novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic affecting 23 countries as International Public Health Emergency of International concern.

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