Coronavirus: Health ministry confirms 4 more cases

NEW DELHI: India reported four fresh cases of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, taking the total to 43 in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

Of the four new cases reported, there is one each from Ernakulam in Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu, the Union health ministry said.

A 63-year-old woman from J&K is the first patient from the state. The woman, who has a travel history to Iran, was among two patients who were declared “high viral load cases” by the administration on the weekend, the PTI report said.

Among the 42 cases confirmed in India so far, 16 are Italian tourists. The Indians include five from the National Capital Region, seven from Uttar Pradesh, one each from Telangana, Jaipur, and Jammu & Kashmir.

There are two cases in Ladakh, and one in Tamil Nadu.

On Sunday, the Union health ministry had confirmed five cases in Kerala, three of whom had a travel history to Italy. Of the nine confirmed in the southern state, three who tested positive last month have recovered.

Since it was first reported in China’s Wuhan in December, the virus has affected 110,041 globally, with death toll at 3,825, according to Johns Hopkins University’s live tracker of the disease.

India has stepped up surveillance to contain the spread of the disease, screening all international passengers at major airports across the country. The government has so far screened nearly 9,00,000 international passengers from over 8,000 flights, the health ministry said.

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