Confirmed coronavirus cases in India rise to 34: Officials

Three more positive cases of novel coronavirus have been reported in India taking the total number of confirmed cases to 34, Union Health ministry said on Saturday.

Of the three, two are from Ladakh with travel history to Iran while one is from Tamil Nadu who had visited Oman, the ministry said, adding all the patients are stable.

In the wake of more than 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus in India so far, the Union health ministry made 52 laboratories functional for testing samples while 57 labs are designated for helping in sample collection.

The ministry also said more that 150 people, who had come in contact with two American nationals who tested positive for coronavirus in Bhutan and had toured various placed in India, have been put under Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).

A man with symptom of ‘fever and cough’ has been kept in isolation at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal, Manipur as a precautionary measure, health officials say.

PM Narendra Modi reviewed coronavirus situation in the country at a meeting with officials and directed them to identify locations for sufficient quarantine facilities, and make provisions for critical care in case the disease spreads further.

Also, 108 swab samples of Indians in Iran were received on Saturday morning. These sample arrived on a Mahan Air flight from Tehran. The flight went back with many Iranian nationals.

The samples are being tested at the laboratory in AIIMS, the health ministry said.

Six scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have been stationed in Iran. Equipment and reagents, worth approximately 10 crore have been dispatched to enable them to set up a laboratory there, the ministry said.

It also said that 7,26,122 passengers from 7,108 flights have been screened at airports. Between Friday morning and Saturday, 73,766 passengers from 573 flights have been screened.

With inputs from PTI

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