Three people have been isolated at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in the national Capital over suspicion of Coronavirus infection after they returned from China. This is the first time in New Delhi where anyone has been quarantined over the outbreak of the deadly virus which has taken the lives of more than 80 in China in less than a month.
As per a report, two of these patients arrived in the last week, while the third had returned from China nearly a month ago. A patient each was also isolated in Jaipur, Chandigarh and Patna.
Dr Minakshi Bhardwaj, medical superintendent of RML hospital, was quoted as saying by HT, “Three people with suspected coronavirus were brought to the hospital today. They had shown no symptoms after they came back from China and were living with their families in Delhi-NCR. They were brought to the hospital after they started showing some respiratory symptoms.”
Highly contagious virus was reported first in China’s Wuhan city in December. Since then, it has spread in alarming manner with cases have been reported from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Australia, France, Germany, Canada, and the United States.
Across China, 15 cities have been placed under full or partial lockdown. With 70 confirmed cases in the capital Beijing, more than 2,500 people have now been infected across the country.
Taking precautionary measures, several countries have issued a travel advisory to its citizens regarding a visit to China. Even the Chinese government has issued an advisory to its citizens asking them to avoid internatioanal travel.
There is no report of confirmed cases from any of the Indian cities till date. Reports say that nearly 450 people have been kept under observation, most of them in Kerala
Meanwhile, the Government has stepped up the vigil at border checkpoints, airports and alerted hotels in states bordering Nepal, where the first confirmed case of coronavirus infection was reported.
As part of precautionary measures, the Centre has also decided to take steps for possible evacuation of over 250 Indians from Chinese city of Wuhan.