The Karnataka health minister calls an emergency meeting after the Covid-19 case in Telangana

BENGALURU: Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu called a meeting of senior officials of his department on Tuesday after receiving information that the man, who tested positive in novels in Telangana, had traveled from the city.

The minister in a tweet said that people residing in the person's local address have been identified and are being monitored.

He also said that the state government has taken all precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus.

The condition of the 24-year-old man, who tested positive for the coronavirus, was stable and was being treated in an isolated ward at Gandhi State Hospital in Hyderabad, the Telangana government said Monday.

The man, a software engineer who works here, had been in Dubai last month on an official visit, where he is suspected of contracting the virus.

The man arrived in Bangalore on February 19 and 20 and then traveled to Hyderabad on a bus.

Previously, Sriramulu had said, the government has strengthened all surveillance and control measures against the spread of the virus in Karnataka.

To date, 468 travelers from countries affected by COVID 2019 have been identified and 284 are under home isolation, while one was admitted to a selected isolation hospital, he had said.

The Karnataka minister had also said that to date symptom samples are sent for analysis, of which 240 samples were eligible for analysis and 238 were reported as negative.

He added that 104 'arogya sahayavani' (health helpline) has reserved 2 places to receive calls and provide guidance on Coronavirus and 6,770 calls have been received and information has been provided.