In a big development, India’s second case of Novel Coronavirus has been reported in Kerala, Union Health Ministry said Sunday.
The second positive case of Novel Coronavirus patient has been reportedin Kerala. The patient has travel history from China, The patient is stable and is being closely monitored, the Government said in a statement. The patient is said to have returned from China on January 24.
On January 30, Kerala reported the first case of the deadly Coronavirus– a medical student studying in China’s Wuhan city, the epicenter of the outbreak of the virus. She was quarantined at a hospital in Thrissur after she ‘self-reported throat infection.
Kerala’s Health Minister KK Shailaja said Sunday they are yet to get confirmation on the second case of Coronavirus.
“We have been informed on a phone call by the National Institute of Virology in Pune that there is a possibility of another positive case in Alappuzha. We areyet to receive the results. Right now, all tests are being allowed at NIV Pune. That causes a delay in getting the results,” she said, Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in central China, is the epicenter of the outbreak. Across the world, the Coronavirus has been reported in 24 cities, including India.
The death toll from the epidemic in China has reached 304 as of the end of February 1. There were 2,599 new confirmed infections on Saturday.
In another development, the national carrier, Air India’s second special flight to the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, landed at the Indira Gandhi International airport with 323 Indian and seven and seven Maldivian citizens onboard. The flight departed at 3.10 am (IST) from Wuhan on Sunday and landed at New Delhi airport around 9.45 am Air India’s jumbo B747 aircraft made two flights to Wuhan city to evacuate stranded Indian mostly students from the Chinese city as the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the deadly Coronavirus a global health emergency.
Of the 323, 104 are housed at Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Chawla Camp and the remaining 220 are in Manesar, Haryana.
The first flight, carrying 211 students, 110 working professionals, and three minors reached the national capital on Saturday, Government of India said that as of Sunday, 52,332 passengers from 326 flights were screened, Total 97 symptomatic travelers have been referred to isolation facilities and 98 samples were tested of which 97 were found to be negative.
Amid the global outbreak, the Central government asked all the hospitals and Union Territories (UTs) to prepare isolation wards.
The Indian Army has set up a quarantine facility at Manesar near Delhi to keep those evacuated from China’s Hubei province. Officials said they would be monitored for any signs of infection for a duration of two weeks by a qualified team of doctors and staff members.