COVID-19 India Updates: 28 in India Have Tested Positive So Far

1 in Delhi, 6 in Agra, 16 Italians and Indian driver, 1 in Telangana and 3 in Kerala: Health minister

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28 people in India have tested positive for coronavirus so far, confirms Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. In a press meet on Wednesday, Dr Vardhan confirmed that 14 Italian tourists and 1 Indian driver have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the ITBP quarantine center in New Delhi.

At least 215 people came in touch with COVID-19 affected Italian group, Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma, as reported by PTI. Sharma said swab samples of 93 people have been taken. A total of 51 suspected patients have been tested negative whereas reports of 41 others are still pending, he said. Fifty-three people in Jhunjhunu, 14 each in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, 44 in Bikaner, six in Udaipur and 76 people in Jaipur came in contact with the group.

6 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Agra. These were relatives of the Delhi-based man who tested positive for disease on Monday.

One Italian man and his wife from this group had tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier and are in a quarantine facility in Jaipur.

Coronavirus in India: 1 in Delhi, 6 in Agra, 16 Italians and Indian driver, 1 in Telangana and 3 in Kerala

The 69 year old man and his wife along with the group visited major tourist destinations in Jaipur. The group then moved to Agra and were brought to the ITBP facility in Delhi on Tuesday. The group has been in India now since February 21. At the time of their arrival, Italy wasn't under universal screening at the airports.

Twenty-one Italian tourists and three Indian tour bus operators were sent to the quarantine facilities set up at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) campus in Delhi on Tuesday. The group includes 13 men and 8 women.

A total of 112 nationals are at the ITBP facility in Delhi and are being tested and screened for the novel coronavirus.

Confirmed Cases in Agra

Stressing on community-wide transmission and the need to contain it, the Minister pointed out how 6 members of the Delhi patient had tested positive after he spent time with them in Agra. The patients immediate family are believed to be negative. A 3 kilometer radius of the Agra family are being screened as part of the rapid response team.

The Prime Minister in the meantime has tweeted about avoiding big social gatherings. He tweeted that he will be not participating in Holi activities this year.

Expanded Screening

All international passengers to be screened for coronavirus symptoms, said the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

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