In Thrissur district of Kerala confirms India’s first reported case of the novel coronavirus. The patient is a student who studied at Wuhan University, China and recently came back to India.
According to the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of India’s statement, the student was from Kerala and he was tested positive for novel coronavirus and is now in isolation in a hospital. The patient is currently stable and is being closely monitored. So far, the 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) epidemic claimed more than 170 lives. It has become a health concern with experts all over the world as the virus spreads from the Chinese city of Wuhan early December.
KK Shailaja who is Kerala’s Minister of Health said that one out of the 20 samples that were sent for testing turned out positive for novel coronavirus. She even said that the patient is currently stable and is kept in isolation at Thrissur’s General Hospital. The health minister also said that the government was ready and set up a control room.
All hospitals including private hospitals were asked to monitor patients that come in with similar symptoms of coronavirus. The health department is ready to isolate patients and start treatments. On the other hand, as a response to the developments Pinarayi Vijayan the Chief Minister of Kerala said that one case is positive while they have one more to do and they would take adequate measures as they have dealt with such outbreaks before.
This is not all, according to PTI report, one person each from Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Malappuram and three from Ernakulam district are kept in isolation wards of various hospitals and health centres. As part of precautionary measures, health authorities have placed several people under medical observation. All important airports in India have started screening passengers from China for symptoms.
India even has kept an aircraft on standby to airlift Indian nationals from Wuhan which is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. They will be brought into a quarantine facility located outside Delhi. The Ministry of Health even released a 24*7 helpline where one can ask and clarify their queries and doubts regarding the issue.
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