Kerala confirms the first coronavirus case in India

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India has reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus in Thrissur district of Kerala. The patient is a student from Wuhan University, China who had recently returned to India, confirmed a statement in the Press Information Bureau (PIB).


“The patient has been tested positive for coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital. The patient is stable and is being closely monitored,” a medical statement said.


The deadly disease that was the biggest concern of the health experts in Wuhan city has till now claimed about 170 lives.


Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said 20 samples were sent for tests out of which one was found to be positive for the deadly coronavirus.


“We have directed all hospitals, including private hospitals, to monitor patients coming with similar symptoms (of coronavirus). The health department is all set to isolate patients and start treatment,” Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said.


Meanwhile, responding to the developments, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “It is an unfortunate turn of events. One case is positive and we have one more test to do. We are taking adequate measures. We have dealt with an outbreak like this before. We have to take precautionary measures because it spreads from person to person.”

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