In the letter, Gauba wrote, "such a gap in the monitoring of international passengers may seriously jeopardise the efforts to contain the spread of the novel
" He also pointed out that many amongst the persons who have been tested positive for the
"As you are aware, we initiated screening of international incoming passengers at the airports with effect from January 18, 2020. I have been informed that up to March 23, 2020, cumulatively, Bureau Of Immigration has shared details of more than 15 lakh incoming international passengers with the States/UTs for monitoring for COVID-19. However, there appears to be a gap between the number of international passengers who need to be monitored by the States/UTs and the actual number of passengers being monitored," Gauba said in his letter.
However, the actual number of international passengers who are being monitored in India right now is not known.
The cabinet secretary
also urged the chief secretaries to actively involve the district authorities in this effort.
Earlier this month, India announced a ban on international passenger flights from March 22 to March 29, which later got extended till April 14. This is in line with the total national
lockdown announced by PM Modi, which is in place from March 25 and continue till April 14, to contain the spread of the virus.
So far, the Covid-19 has infected 540,832 and 24,293 people have died, while in India 724 have been tested positive of the virus and the death toll rose to 17 as of March 26.