Coronavirus in India: Health Ministry detects two more positive cases; check details

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Updated: March 02, 2020 3:50 PM

Expanding its reach in India, two more positive cases of the novel Coronavirus have been detected with one being in Delhi and one in Telangana.

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Coronavirus update: Expanding its reach in India, two more positive cases of the novel Coronavirus have been detected with one being in Delhi and one in Telangana. The Ministry of Health in an update said, “One positive case of COVID-19 has been detected in New Delhi, and one has been detected in Telangana. Both the patients are stable and being closely monitored.” The ministry also informed that the affected person identified in Delhi has travelled to Italy while the one from Telangana has been to Dubai. “Further details of his travels are being ascertained,” the Ministry said. 

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in a press briefing has said that passengers from 12 nations are being screened currently at 21 airports and 12 major and 35 minor seaports. He also said that apart from 15 labs at NIV Pune, 19 more labs are expected to be functional soon. The Union Minister also highlighted that after the latest meeting of Group of Ministers earlier today, they are likely to suspend more travel visas depending on the situation of Coronavirus. The Indian government has already suspended travel to China and Iran. The minister has further advised Indians avoid non-essential travel to Italy, Korea and Singapore.

The first case of Coronavirus in India was detected in Kerala. Soon after, there were three patients in Kerala who earlier tested positive. The first two students, who had come from the epicentre of Coronavirus- Wuhan, later received a clean chit as their results came out negative. The third student is also stable now. They were also discharged from the hospital. Kerala had kept around 3,500 people under observation for Coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, according to Health Minister of Kerala, KK Shailaja, the state government has succeeded in isolating the virus. The minister also highlighted that only 135 people are under home quarantine now.

The COVID-19 outbreak, on the other hand, is spreading more in China as the country now has recorded 42 new fatalities. This has taken the death toll in the country to 2,912, PTI reported. Globally, 3,000 people have succumbed to this viral disease and have infected more than 88,000 people, the PTI report said.

It also mentioned that as of March 1, 2020, there have been 98 confirmed cases in Hong Kong that also includes two deaths. Macao SAR and Taiwan have reported 10 and 40 positive cases, respectively. The novel Coronavirus has also wreaked havoc in Iran, Italy and South Korea. While 50 died from this disease in Iran, Italy saw 34 deaths and south Korea reported 22 fatalities. The US and Australia also witnessed their first death cases yesterday, the report added.

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