Corona Virus: India bans respiratory masks export as Indians evacuated from China
On January 31, 2020, the Government of India banned respiratory masks, clothing used to protect from air borne particles and other personal protection equipment. The move has been implemented as a precautionary step assuming there could be a spurt in demand of these products due to Corona Virus.
A 423-seater plane has been sent to China to evacuate Indians from China. The move is being done due to the outbreak of novel Corona Virus in China. At this scenario, India is to bring around 400 Indians from China.
The death toll in China due to the Corona Virus has increased to 213 and the number of confirmed cases has increased to 9,000. In order to screen them, the Indian Army has set a quarantine facility in Manesar.
There are more than 300 Indian students in the Chinese province of Hubei, which is the epicenter of the virus outbreak. The Manesar quarantine is being created exclusively for these students. They are to be monitored for 2 weeks.
It is to be noted that out of the 213 that died due to corona virus infection, 204 were from Hubei province.
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