Italian In Jaipur Tests Positive For Coronavirus, 3rd New Case: 10 Points

Coronavirus has infected nearly 90,000 people worldwide and killed over 3,000 (File)

New Delhi:
A third case of Coronavirus was confirmed in the country today, the patient is an Italian tourist who is currently in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The report from Pune’s National Institute of Virology came in this evening. Six more people, who came in contact with a patient from Delhi, are suspected to have the virus. Their samples were sent to Pune after they tested positive at a hospital in Lucknow. All six are currently at a hospital in Delhi. The initial patient in Delhi was one of the two other confirmed cases of infection over the last 48 hours. The second patient is a Bengaluru-based techie, who is now in Hyderabad. Currently the total number of infected persons is three. Three others who contracted the virus have been cured, doctors said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there is “no need to panic”.

Here are the top 10 points in this big story:

  1. PM Modi tweeted this afternoon that he had an “extensive review with (a) number of ministries and state governments regarding preparedness levels”. He said there was “no need to panic”. The government has set up a task force to monitor the situation.

  2. The Italian tourist in Jaipur was part of a group of 23 Italians who landed in Delhi and travelled to Rajasthan last month. The rest of the group has left for Agra and are expected to fly out to Italy from Delhi today. Italy is emerging as another hub for the disease which made an appearance in Wuhan, mainland China, in December.

  3. The Delhi patient who tested positive for coronavirus, recently returned from Italy. His two children attend a private school in Noida, which has been shut since he was diagnosed. The school has cancelled internal exams, and its premises are being sanitised by the local health authorities.

  4. The patient had gone to Italy as part of a group tour. Six of the group have tested positive at the Lucknow hospital and now, all the samples have been sent to Pune’s National Institute of Virology. All the families have been quarantined at home.

  5. According to sources, the Delhi patient was not screened at airport because he flew in from Austria, where the outbreak has not been declared serious. The crew of the Air India flight that flew him last week has been asked to stay in isolation at their homes for 14 days. A similar advisory has been issued to other passengers.

  6. The affected passenger in Hyderabad had travelled on IndiGo flight 6E 96 (Dubai-Bangalore) on February 20. The crew of the flight have been placed under observation.

  7. The novel coronavirus spreads through contact with droplets spread during coughing and sneezing, doctors say. Besides keeping contact to a minimum with an infected person, the preventive measures include frequent washing of hands and use of hand sanitisers. Fresh tissues should be used while sneezing and coughing and then discarded, to ensure the virus does not spread.

  8. The symptoms of the coronavirus may appear any time between 2 and 14 days after the exposure. The symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Worldwide, the virus has infected around 90,000 people, of whom around 3,000 have died.

  9. The Union Health Ministry has advised people not to travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. It has also asked all citizens to avoid non-essential travel to other affected nations.

  10. Passengers from 10 countries — China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia — are being screened at airports. All passengers from Italy and Iran would now undergo thermal screening after the new cases surfaced. Incoming passengers on all international flights are being asked to furnish “duly filled self-declaration form and travel history”.

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