Resident of Delhi, man from Telangana positive test for Covid-19

NEW DELHI: India reported two more positive cases on Monday and a suspected case of Covid-19, the new infection that has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide so far. Positive cases include a resident of Delhi who returned from Italy on February 25 and a 24-year-old man who returned from Dubai recently.

The suspect case is of an Italian tourist who is in quarantine at Sawai Man Singh Hospital (SMS) in Jaipur.

He tested positive for Covid-19 in the first test, but health ministry officials await confirmation from the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, to declare it a positive case.

Previously, three students who had returned from the Wuhan of China, the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, in February had tested positive for the virus.

They were sent home once they were approved and tests confirmed that they could no longer spread the disease. However, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said there was no need to panic in India.

Stable residents of Delhi affected by Coronavirus

The prime minister is personally monitoring efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 in India. An interministerial committee was formed and we met regularly to determine plans to limit the risk of spreading the disease and also be prepared to face any critical scenario, ”said Harsh Vardhan.

Sources said the Delhi resident, who tested positive for Covid-19, returned from Italy on February 25. Because he had no symptoms at that time and Italy was not among the countries most affected by Covid-19, he was not put under isolation. However, recently when he developed fever and shortness of breath, the authorities concerned were informed and the man was quarantined. His condition is stable and is being closely monitored, said doctors at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, which is the nodal center of Delhi for coronavirus patients. All the crew members of the flight they took were asked to remain isolated for 14 days in their respective homes and inform the authorities in case of any symptoms of Covid-19, the sources added.

The Telangana patient, who works as a software engineer in Bangalore, had returned from Dubai on February 20. He had landed in Bangalore, worked for two days in his office and then arrived at his home in the exclusive Mahindra Hills in Hyderabad on February 22. bus. The authorities said that all the people he contacted before submitting them to quarantine have been advised to also remain in isolation and to look for symptoms, if any.

Dr. Balram Bhargava, general director of the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR), told TOI that mortality due to Covid-19 was in the range of 2% to 3%, which is not very high.

“The common flu causes a mortality of 1 to 2%, the SARS (another coronavirus that caused outbreaks in 2002-03) had a mortality rate of around 10%. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) had a 35% mortality rate, ”he said.

Dr. Bhargava said that Covid-19 does not have higher transmission rates, although that is why it has spread to so many countries and so fast. It is important to maintain hand hygiene and follow respiratory tags to prevent the spread of the disease, he said.

According to officials of the Ministry of Health, to date tests have been conducted for Covid-19 in total. Of this, only five have tested positive and the results of the tests performed on 23 people are expected. In addition, 25,000 people who have returned from countries affected by Covid-19 have been informed of isolation in their homes and our district surveillance officers are constantly updating the symptoms of the disease, if any, an official said. Vardhan said about 1,086 people who returned from Iran in recent times have been recommended for community surveillance.

Authorities are checking travelers arriving from Kathmandu, Indonesia , Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Japan at 21 airports designated in the country for possible exposure to the virus, he said, adding that a total of 5.5 lakh have been recorded of passengers projected at airports and 12,431 in major and minor seaports so far. He also reported that around 10.2 lakh people have been examined in the villages of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Sikkim, on the border with Nepal.

The union's secretary of health, Preeti Sudan, advised people to take precautions and, in case of symptoms, inform the nearest public health center.