Government of India Advisories for COVID-19

The Government of India has issued important advisories in view of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Embassy of India in Washington DC and Consulates across the US have opened 24/7 helplines to assist with queries and clarifications. Please read all advisories for more information.

COVID-19 Advisory

As you are aware, figures released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 11, 2020 reveal that there are now Nine Hundred and Eighty Seven confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the US, spread across 39 States. Media puts this figure even higher- over 1,000.

2. To check the spread of this epidemic, Universities and Colleges in different parts of the US, including those in Maryland, DC and Virginia, are moving to online environment/ conducting classes virtually. Students have also been advised to vacate the dorms.

3. In this moment of growing fear from this disease, we are reaching out to you and your organization to alert that need for assistance may arise for some of the Indian students affected by such closures/ dislocation. It is requested to extend maximum possible help in case any Indian/ Indian-origin student contacts you/ your organization. Information in this regard may also be promptly shared with the Embassy.

4. It is further requested to inform the Embassy urgently in case you hear about detection of any Indian/ Indian origin person infected with COVID-19, on ceco.washington@mea.gov.in, pseco.washington@mea.gov.in and psminca.washington@mea.gov.in.

Medical Help for Indian Students Advisory

This is further to my email of 11 March 2020 regarding responding to and assisting the Indian students studying in the US, who may be under distress because of closure of educational institutions in view of COVID-19 situation. Instances have come to notice where some of the Indian students have been asked to vacate dormitories of their educational institution.

2. While the Indian students studying in the US generally have medical insurance, but for those students, who would be staying outside campus in the US, there may be requirements of some medical help. In this context, it may be desirable to have a voluntary Indian community panel of doctors, who can attend to such cases/requests.

3. I shall be grateful if you could reach out to such doctors in your area and advise us about their willingness and availability to attend to needy Indian students in such extraordinary situation and circumstances. I will further request that such panel of doctors may be shared with us at the earliest, preferably by Monday 16 March 2020, so that Embassy can connect the needy students and direct them to the concerned doctor.

Regards,

अनुराग कुमार
(Anurag Kumar)
मंत्री (सामुदायिक मामले)
Minister (Community Affairs)
भारत का दूतावास, वाशिंगटन
Embassy of India
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Washington DC 20008
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