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First Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Delhi

The Ministry of Health confirmed on case in Delhi and one in Telangana

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The first case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in the national capital, and he is being treated at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. 23 people are being tested for the virus, says Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Health and Family Welfare.

Do not panic; if you spot any of the symptoms of the virus please see a doctor or call our helpline. We are keeping a keen watch on the evolving global scenario, and are in touch with concerned Ministries for necessary timely measures.
Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Health and Family Welfare

He further said that India is conducting universal screening of all passengers from 12 countries including China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, Iran and Italy.

21 airports and 12 major seaports and 65 minor seaports are conducting these screenings. Screening along the Nepal border is also taking place.

Of the samples tested so far in designated labs, 3217 samples have tested negative, 5 have tested positive.

In terms of precautions, the Minister said that e-visas from China and Iran stand suspended.

He also advised that non-essential travel to South Korea, Italy, Iran and Singapore should be avoided.

The Ministry of Health on Monday has confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 in Delhi and in Telangana. The person in Delhi has a travel history from Italy, while the person from Telangana has a travel history from Dubai. The Ministry of Health says that depending on global evolving scenario, travel restrictions could be imposed as a precautionary measure.

Both patients are stable and are being monitored.

Earlier in February, three confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus had come to light in Kerala. All three were students who were studying in Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease. They have fully recovered and have been discharged.

China on Monday reported 42 new deaths due to coronavirus. With the new deaths, the global coronavirus death toll passed 3,000.

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