People wearing masks as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus outbreak; at Chennai International Airport on February 1, 2020.
People wearing masks as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus outbreak; at Chennai International Airport on February 1, 2020. |IANS
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Third case of coronavirus confirmed in Kerala

IANS

Thiruvananthapuram, February 3, 2020

After two confirmed novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases in Kerala, a third case has been confirmed in the state, state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said here on Monday.

In a special mention in the Kerala Legislative Assembly, she said that a third case had tested positive for coronavirus and is under isolation at Kanhangad in Kasargode district.

The condition of the youth, who is a student in Wuhan, China, where the epidemic started, is stable, she said.

In a response to a query regarding updates on coronavirus submitted by Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, the Minister said: "Before it, there were two positive cases -- both medical students who were studying in Wuhan. They are at the Alappuzha and Thrissur Medical Colleges and are recovering well. We expect one more case to turn positive and there might be some more".

"At present there are no medicines for this, like it was when the state came under Nipah and dengue attack. When we heard about the outbreak in Wuhan, we knew we had to take precautions as we had a good number of our students studying in China. We went forward based on the guidelines suggested by the World Health Organizations and ICMR. We are fully prepared to face the situation," added Shailaja.

She said at the moment there are 1,925 people under home observation and another 25 are being observed in isolation at the various hospitals.

"The challenge is to trace people who have come from China and we are doing that," said the Minister.

In response to Chennithala's demand that a few of the Keralites, who were airlifted from Wuhan and are now quarantined in Delhi, have complained of poor facilities at the centres they are now placed, she said, "We have a control centre that has opened and till now we have not got any complaints. Now that this has been raised, we will get in touch with the Centre, which is managing the isolation centre in Delhi."

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