Coronavirus first case in India has been confirmed in Kerala. The person infected with coronavirus had returned from Wuhan University in China where Coronavirus outbreak is reported.
The student is being treated at a special ward in a hospital and his blood samples were sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune which tested positive for the virus. The condition of the student is stable at present. With the first coronavirus case reported in India, this is the 17th country to have confirmed the presence of the virus.
In Kerala, 806 people were kept under observation. Ten are quarantined in isolation wards at various hospitals in five districts. Kozhikode records the highest number of people under observation with 134 persons suspected with viral infection.
The Union health ministry has sent as official communication in this regard to the state health authorities.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union health minister told media in New Delhi that: “Even before the positive case was confirmed, every effort was taken to ensure that we do our best to diagnose. If there is a case, we will treat it,”.
KK Shylaja, Health Minister convened a high-level meeting in Thiruvananthapuram before making an official announcement on the confirmed first case.
Around 170 people returned to India from China on Wednesday and they were screened and asked to remain indoors for the next 28 days. Air travellers with symptoms of cold, fever and cough were recommended to fill up the Self Reporting Form before landing.
India is one among the list of 30 countries at high risk of Coronavirus. Many students from Kerala are studying in various universities in China including Wuhan.