First case of coronavirus confirmed from India; student tested positive in Kerala

First case of coronavirus confirmed from India; student tested positive in Kerala

First case of coronavirus confirmed from India; student tested positive in Kerala

Written by Lethonkie Fernando

30 Jan, 2020 | 2:37 pm

“Patient has been tested positive for Coronavirus in Kerala, India and is in isolation at the hospital. The patient is currently being closely monitored,”a PIB statement said. The first confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus has been reported from Kerala where a student studying at Wuhan University, China, has been tested positive with the deadly virus.

Two days back, a 28-year-old resident of Mohali, Punjab, who returned from China recently, was also admitted to the isolation ward of PGIMER, Chandigarh, after showing novel Coronavirus-like symptoms. Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, is the center of the Coronavirus outbreak. The virus has now spread in many parts of the world. Nationwide death toll from China’s novel coronavirus epidemic has jumped to 170, with 38 fatalities reported in the Hubei province.

The Indian government has also decided to evacuate over 250 Indians from the Chinese city of Wuhan where the outbreak of deadly coronavirus has killed several people.

The Union health ministry has also urged passengers who have a travel history to China since January 1 to come forward for self-reporting at the nearest health facility if they experience any symptoms such as fever, cough, respiratory distress, etc. Passengers who report symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, and cough are advised to fill up the ‘Self Reporting Form’ before landing.

The Health Secretary has also written to States and UTs to review their preparedness to prevent and control coronavirus and also to plug any gaps in areas such as surveillance, laboratory support infection prevention and control, logistics, risk communication.

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