Coronavirus menace: India records first confirmed case in Kerala

Coronavirus in Kerala

India has recorded first confirmed case of Coronavirus disease, which has set off a worldwide alarm, affecting people in more than 20 countries.


A Kerala woman student who returned from China’s Wuhan city last week has been tested positive, informed State health minister KK Shailaja on Thursday. She was a medical student in Wuhan, an epicenter of the Coronavirus, which has taken the lives of more than 160 people and infected 7,711 across the globe.

“The patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital. The patient is stable and is being closely monitored,” the Union health ministry was quoted as saying by a report.

As per the report, she will be shifted to the Thrissur Medical College hospital, where a complete block has been converted into an isolation ward as a part of precautionary measures.


Her biological samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune which later confirmed about the infection.

As per its director Priya Abraham, out of the 49 samples tested so far at the lab, one has been tested posted.

Meanwhile, an advisory from the Union health ministry has stated that all travellers from China who have arrived since January 15 will have to undergo tests even if they don’t show any symptoms for the viral infection.

Since its outbreak reported first from China’s Wuhan city, the virus has spread to more than 20 countries including the US, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, France, Vietnam, and Nepal. All affected countries have issued travel advisory as part of a series of measures to contain the viral infection.

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