India reported one more case of coronavirus today, taking the total number to 30. A middle-aged man from Ghaziabad has tested positive for novel coronavirus, according to a PTI report. The patient had a history of travelling to Iran, official sources said. Besides, a 16-year-old Indian girl has also tested positive for COVID-19 in Dubai.
With this new case, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 30 in the country. 16 Italian tourists tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 on Wednesday.
On Monday, Union Health Ministry reported that two more people had tested positive for deadly virus. One of the new cases was detected in the national capital while the other was in Telangana, the government said. "Both were stable and being closely monitored," Union Health Ministry said.
The first confirmed case of coronavirus came from Kerala last month where three patients, who had returned from Wuhan in China, were detected.
The Union Health Ministry on Thursday asked states to form rapid response teams at district, block and village levels, stating cases of community transmission have been observed.
As the number of coronavirus cases increase in India, the government has also decided to screen all international flights and passengers coming into the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. The central government has also made COVID-19 free certificate mandatory for travellers from Italy and South Korea.
According to the additional travel advisory issued by the central government, on Thursday, the passengers travelling from Italy and South Korea who want to enter into India will have to present a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19.
"In addition to visa restrictions already in place, passengers travelling from and having visited Italy or Republic of Korea and desirous of entering India will need a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from the designated laboratories authorized by the health authorities of these countries," the Health Ministry on Thursday said in a statement.
5 persons kept in isolation in Srinagar hospital
Health authorities in Kashmir have kept five persons with a recent history of travelling to coronavirus-affected countries in the isolation ward of the SKIMS hospital here after they showed symptoms of the disease, officials said on Thursday.
"We have kept the five persons in the isolation ward at the SKIMS hospital in Soura," they said.
The officials added that samples of the suspects were collected and sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology in Pune.
Of the five, one had travelled to Thailand while two had been to Iran, they said, adding that the remaining two had a recent travel history to the epicentre of COVID-19 in China's Wuhan.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration took several steps on Wednesday as part of its efforts to control the spread of coronavirus, after a sudden spike in the number of positive cases in the country.