Thiruvananthapuram: India joined the group of nations to be affected by the deadly novel coronavirus when a Kerala student studying in Wuhan University tested positive for the virus.
Samples of people who had returned from China, Hong Kong and South Korea and were kept in isolation were sent for testing. Out of this, one sample tested positive. The confirmation came from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi.
“The patient has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus and is in isolation ward in the hospital. The patient is stable and is being closely monitored,” the statement from the ministry said.
The identity of the patient has been kept secret and sources in the health department in Kerala said the patient is out of danger.
Kerala Health Officer Dr Zulfie said there is no need to panic and that the state government is geared up to tackle the situation.
Kerala’s Health Ministry is closely monitoring the case.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said it is prepared to handle any outbreak in the country. “Thermal screening sensors are operational and few more such equipment is being procured. The immigration and other staff members at the airports have been sensitized and dedicated ambulances are placed at the Airports. Deployment of medical & para-medical staff is also being done for round-the-clock service,” an official statement said.
Hospitals have made isolation wards and readied to face any contingency. Personal Protection Equipment and masks are available in adequate quantity in all the States/UTs,” the government said.
The Ministry of Ayush has also come up with an advisory to boost immunity to keeping any illnesses at bay in wake of the corona virus spread across the world.