Coronavirus: Kerala keeps 42 people in isolation after their return from Italy1 min read . Updated: 11 Mar 2020, 01:26 PM IST
- Nobody in the group has shown symptoms of coronavirus
- Kerala has confirmed 14 active coronavirus cases so far
ERNAKULAM: Authorities in Kerala on Wednesday shifted 42 people who returned from Italy to a hospital at Aluva near Kochi airport in Ernakulam district.
Ten people in the group have virus symptoms and have been shifted to Ernakulam medical college, according to local health officials.
Kochi airport has strengthened health checks post the incident. Both domestic and international passengers are being screened for virus symptoms and their travel history.
Kerala has confirmed 14 active coronavirus cases so far, the highest for any Indian state. This includes a three-year-old child who is stable, and two over 85-year old people who are in the "high risk" category, according to the state health department.
Five suspected patients tested negative on Wednesday. The state awaits test results of more than 20 people, including that of a two-year-old child admitted in Pathanamthitta district, which reported the maximum number of virus cases so far.
The district remained largely deserted on Wednesday after the slew of cases, local reports said. A shortage of masks and hand sanitizers has been reported in the district.
State authorities continued their efforts to trace people who were in touch with three patients, who returned from Italy but did not reveal their travel history initially. Authorities have released a flow-chart of places where the patients may have gone after they reached Kerala and expects to trace these people by the day's end.