Nine people at a quarantine facility run by the army in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of coronavirus or COVID-19 cases in the state to 93.
482 people, who were flown back from Iran in several batches, are at the Army Wellness Centre quarantine facility in Jaisalmer. Iran is one of the worst-affected countries by the coronavirus outbreak.
The civilians were screened at the airport before being taken to the quarantine facility.
Six quarantine facilities across the country are being operated by the armed forces. These are at Hindan near Delhi, Manesar in Gurgaon, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ghatkopar in Mumbai and Chennai.
1,059 civilian evacuees from countries like China, Italy, Iran and Malaysia are housed in these quarantine centres.
India has reported over 1,200 coronavirus cases, including 32 who have have died.
India is currently under a 21-day lockdown till April 14, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to curb the spread of the coronavirus and consequently. All international and domestic commercial passenger flights have been suspended for this period.
The Supreme Court is hearing a petition seeking directions to provide food and shelter to migrant workers left helpless after the lockdown was declared. Migrants stopped on their long journey home and sent to shelters should get food, medical aid and counselling from leaders of all religions, the top court told the centre today.