India on Thursday announced its first positive instance of novel coronavirus (nCoV). The Union ministry of health and family welfare in an official explanation said a student from Kerala, who was concentrating in Wuhan University and headed out to India, has tested positive for the infection.
“The patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is in isolation at the hospital. The patient is stable and is being closely monitored,” the statement said.
Kerala Confirmed First Coronavirus Positive Case
The Indian government has said it is prepared to handle any outbreak in the country. “Thermal screening sensors are operational and few more such equipment are being procured. The immigration and other staff members at the airports have been sensitized and dedicated ambulances are placed. Deployment of medical & para-medical staff is also being done for round-the-clock service,” an official statement said. “Hospitals have prepared isolation wards, preparing for any contingency. Personal protection equipments and masks are available in adequate quantity in all the States/UTs.”
As per the service, Indian states and union territories have begun thermal and symptomatic screening of travelers at all the 21 identified airports.
Coronavirus loss of life in China moved to 170 on Thursday, a sharp jump from the 132 on Wednesday, as per data on a constant following entry being kept up by John Hopkins University. As of Thursday, affirmed cases numbered 7,783 over the world, with upwards of 7,678 in mainland China.
Up until now, 15 nations, other than China, have detailed a sum of 68 affirmed cases, as indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Human coronaviruses can cause a mild disease similar to a common cold, while others more severe disease (such as MERS, SARS). Some coronaviruses that are found in animals can infect humans – these are known as zoonotic diseases,” said Jugal Kishore, director professor & head of department-community medicine, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC) and Safdarjung Hospital (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare), New Delhi.
“As there is no vaccine or drug available against the virus, the cases are being managed according to their symptomatology. NCoV is fatal but exact fatality is not estimated and how virus will behave in the new population is also not known. Therefore, prevention and strict surveillance is very important in India,” he said.
The Ministry of Ayush has also come up with an advisory to support invulnerability to keep any ailment under control in wake of the spread of coronavirus over the world.
The Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) will be reconvened by WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday to consider pronouncing a worldwide public health emergency. The board of trustees will encourage on suggestions to deal with the episode.