Coronavirus: 13 Italian tourists under scanner in Amritsar

Chandigarh, March 6: A 13-member group of tourists from Italy came under the scanner when they reached Amritsar for being possible carriers of coronavirus, officials said.

The authorities had earlier wrongly identified them as Iranians and said they were asked to stay at their hotel rooms.

They had planned a one-day trip for Amritsar when they reached on Thursday night, Amritsar Sub Divisional Magistrate Vikas Hira said. 

“They have been quarantined in their hotel rooms,” Amritsar Civil Surgeon Prabhdeep Kaur told PTI over phone. 

“We are conducting a proper medical examination,” she said, adding that they had been asked not to leave the hotel till their medical examination got over as a precautionary measure.

“If any of them are found symptomatic (for coronavirus), then samples will be taken,” she pointed out.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had reviewed the state’s preparedness to tackle the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and directed the health department to keep close tabs on the situation triggered by the global spread of the virus. 

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