By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The India Ministry of Health announced Monday the third novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Kerala state in the southern part of the country.

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According to a statement:

Third positive case of Novel Coronavirus patient, has been reported in Kerala. The patient has a travel history from Wuhan in China.

The patient has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital.

The patient is stable and is being closely monitored.

This prompted the Government of Kerala to declare (computer translated) a “state of calamity”. The decision was taken at a meeting of the high-level State Disaster Management Authority Apex Committee headed by Chief Secretary Tom Jose on the direction of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

This is not to intimidate anyone. If we can care, we can save ourselves from death. Do not spread the virus without notice. So the state has been declared a disaster. At a press conference after the meeting of the Rapid Response Team at the Directorate of Health, the minister said that the health department should follow the directives.

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Returnees from affected areas do not show any symptoms but should stay home and avoid visiting public places until 28 days after arrival in India.


Vigilance will continue throughout the state. Thrissur, Kasaragod and Alappuzha districts have been closely involved. 24-hour call centers are set up at state and district headquarters.

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According to the latest statistics, 2239 persons have arrived in the state from affected areas. Of these, 84 were admitted to hospitals. Some of them are in isolation wards because they have symptoms. Others and relationships are under surveillance. There are 2155 homes under surveillance. Those who have been placed in the home quarantine have been given instructions.

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So far, 140 samples have been sent to the Virology Institute for testing. Of these 49 tests, three were positive. The rest of the results are forthcoming. On Monday morning, a patient from Kasaragod checked positively.

The health status of those diagnosed with the disease is satisfactory. It is the result of timely treatment.