In an attempt to avoid carriers of a new coronavirus travelling to India, New Delhi on Sunday temporarily suspended E-Visas to Chinese citizens and foreigners living in China.
“Holders of already issued E-Visas may note that these are no longer valid. All those who have a compelling reason to visit India may contact the Embassy of India in Beijing or the Indian consulates in Shanghai or Guangzhou and the Indian Visa Application Centres in these cities", tweeted the Indian Mission in Beijing.
Advisory:— India in China (@EOIBeijing) February 2, 2020
Due to certain current developments, travel to India on E-visas stands temporarily suspended with immediate effect. This applies to holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the People’s Republic of China.
Holders of already issued E-visas may note that these are no longer valid.— India in China (@EOIBeijing) February 2, 2020
All those who have a compelling reason to visit India may contact the Embassy of India in Beijing or the Indian consulates in Shanghai or Guangzhou,and the Indian Visa Application Centres in these cities.
Two Indians returned from China have already tested positive for the disease and are being monitored in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
Meanwhile, Indian students, who were brought back from Wuhan are being kept at the Indian Army's quarantine facility in Manesar, Haryana around 45 kilometres west of New Delhi.
#WATCH Indian students who were brought back from Wuhan, China, dance at the quarantine facility of Indian Army in Manesar, Haryana, where they are currently lodged. #Coronavirus (Source - Indian Army) pic.twitter.com/tGDCTO0cNX— ANI (@ANI) February 2, 2020
On Sunday, India’s federal Health Secretary Preeti Sudan urged everyone to take preventive measures against the viral disease, which as of now has no cure.
#NovelCoronavirus— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) February 2, 2020
Health Secy Ms Preeti Sudan urges everyone to be aware of preventive measures against #nCoV2020 .
Please make note of the Helpline number & email for information, and support.@PMOIndia @drharshvardhan @AshwiniKChoubey @PIB_India @DDNewslive @airnewsalerts pic.twitter.com/efhfSxdHsO
The World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of the corornavirus an international health emergency on Thirsday. The virus has already killed over 300 people in China and infected about 14,000 others.