Coronavirus scare: Kerala has put 75 people in isolation rooms

ALAPPUZHA/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On a day when a second case of coronavirus was confirmed in the state, the health minister tried to calm the fears, saying that neither of the two patients had developed serious complications.

“There is nothing to scare, but we must be vigilant. The department is strictly monitoring the situation so that the virus does not spread from them, ”said Shailaja.

The state health department on Sunday received the test result of the infected person from the National Institute of Virology, Pune. He placed 1,924 people under observation in their homes and 75 were admitted to isolation rooms in several hospitals. So far, 104 samples of suspicious cases have been sent for evidence. Of these, 36 results have been received and two tested positive. In, four people have also been admitted to the general hospital.

Everyone who comes from China is under the supervision of the health department. The Ministry of Health of the Union and the Medical Research Council of India have allowed the Kerala unit of the Alappuzha National Institute of Virology to perform coronavirus tests. “Although we have facilities, we should not perform the tests. There was a delay in obtaining the results of the Pune NIV tests, ”said Shailaja.

Wuhan in China is the zero zone of the virus outbreak that had infected more than 14,500 people and caused 305 deaths until Sunday. Despite measures to contain the outbreak, including the Chinese government that blocked Wuhan and the adjacent cities in Hubei Province, the virus continues to spread rapidly. In addition to China, the virus has been detected in at least 21 countries, including India. Amid the growing fear of further dissemination, the Union Ministry of Health has asked hospitals in all states and UT to prepare isolation rooms.