India announces first Coronavirus positive case in Kerala

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday confirmed the first positive novel coronavirus case in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in statement: “One positive case of novel coronavirus patient, of a student studying at Wuhan university, has been reported in Kerala.

The patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital. The patient is stable and is being closely monitored.” The ministry, meanwhile, said that a high level review meeting on preparedness for novel coronavirus was held today.

“Cabinet Secretary held four review meetings so far and today’s meeting reviewed the preparedness with the concerned Ministries of Health and Family Welfare, External Affairs, Defence, Home Affairs, Civil Aviation, Information and Broadcasting, Labour and Employment, and Shipping,” the ministry said. The Cabinet Secretary also held a video conference with the chief secretaries of the states and union territories.

Several measures have been taken following the high level meeting.

“All those who have come from China after 15th January, 2020, shall be tested as there in an incubation period for the virus. The Cabinet Secretary has stressed upon the need for 14 days’ home isolation for all those who have returned from China,” the statement added.

The ministry also advised to avoid trip to China and increase lab facilities. India also decided to put up health check-posts in relevant tourist locations and awareness campaigns were organised to make people aware of the symptoms, precautions and measures taken by the state governments regarding prevention and management for novel coronavirus in villages bordering Nepal. Among the common symptoms of coronavirus infection are fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, kidney failure and even death in more serious cases.

Source: Kuwait News Agency