February 17, 2020
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Coronavirus confirmed at Kerala; Kerala to be the first state to report the case in India

India on Thursday reported its first positive case of novel coronavirus (nCoV) on Thursday. The Union ministry of health and family welfare in an official statement said a student from Kerala, who was studying in Wuhan University and travelled to India, has tested positive for the virus.

The government said that “One positive case of Novel Coronavirus patient, of a student studying at Wuhan University, has been reported in Kerala. The patient has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital. The patient is stable and is being closely monitored”.

So far, there have been confirmed cases of coronavirus in at least 21 countries including China, United States, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, France, Hong Kong, Macau, Canada, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, UAE and Germany.

The deadly respiratory virus emerged in the Wuhan area of Hubei province of China and has lead to deaths of over 100 people. In India, arriving passengers are being thermally screened at 21 airports for coronavirus. An evacuation programme is in place to bring Indian nationals from Hubei province back to India.

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 declaring a global public health emergency. The committee will advise on recommendations to manage the outbreak.

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