India reports second case of new coronavirus: Kerala government

NEW DELHI: India confirmed its second novel case on Sunday, even when the Ministry of Health urged people to take preventive measures but not to panic.

A person with a history of traveling to China tested positive, the health ministry said confirming the second case. The patient has tested positive for a new coronavirus and is isolated in a hospital, the ministry said.

The patient is stable and is being closely monitored, officials added.

Earlier this week, an Indian student studying in China tested positive in Kerala, which was the first case of coronavirus in India.

The central city of China: Wuhan is the epicenter of the virus outbreak that has so far infected more than 14,300 cases and has caused 304 deaths throughout the country. Despite strong measures to contain the outbreak, including the Chinese government that blocks Wuhan and other adjacent cities in Hubei province, the virus continues to spread rapidly.

In addition to China, the virus has been detected in at least 21 other countries, including India.

The World Health Organization, which initially refrained from declaring a public health emergency, received a call earlier this week and stated that the coronavirus outbreak was a public health emergency of international concern.

Amid the growing fear of greater dissemination, the Ministry of Health asked all hospitals in all states and territories of the Union (UT) to prepare isolation rooms.

The government has also extended the inspection of passengers from only China and Hong Kong to include those who come from Singapore and Thailand, as well as in more than 21 airports.

Meanwhile, the Center also began the evacuation of more than 500 Indians from China since Saturday.

The Army and the Indus have established two quarantine facilities at Manesar and Chawla Camp, near Delhi, to keep evacuees from the Chinese province of Hubei. Authorities said they would be monitored for any signs of infection during two weeks of isolation.