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COVID-19 : IAF creates nine quarantine facilities across country

26-03-2020

Agencies, New Delhi

Taking forward the measures in providing all possible assistance in containing the spread of COVID-19, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday said that it has created nine quarantine facilities of 200-300 personnel capacity each, at nodal IAF bases across the country.

Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore (CHAFB) has been designated as the first laboratory in the IAF to undertake COVID-19 testing, which will greatly enhance the region's ability to carry out quick testing of suspected cases and allow prompt and timely intervention where required, an IAF spokesperson said in a statement.

To monitor the prevailing situation and provide immediate response and assistance as required, a 24x7 crisis management cell has been set up at Air Headquarters and various Command Headquarters.

The IAF aircraft are continuing to fly in medical supplies and doctors to Leh and fly out blood samples for COVID testing to Chandigarh and Delhi.
All measures and directives issued by the government towards containing the spread of COVID-19 has been strictly enforced across all IAF stations, the spokesperson added.IAF stands with the government in this fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 and provide all possible assistance to the citizens of the country, he added.

India count climbed to 644 positive cases of coronavirus while the death toll reached at 11.

Over 22,000 people have died of coronavirus infections across the world with over 7500 deaths being recorded in Italy alone.
On March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lock down in the entire country in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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