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Coronavirus update: 15 Italian tourists suspected of infection quarantined in Delhi

Coronavirus update: 15 Italian tourists suspected of infection quarantined in Delhi

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 March 2020 6:32 AM GMT

NEW DELHI: Fifteen Italian tourists suspected to have been infected with COVID-19 infection have been quarantined in Delhi. The tourists were part of the group which landed in Delhi and then went to Rajasthan. An Italian tourist who was part of the same group had tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is undergoing treatment at an isolation ward of the SMS Medical Hospital in Jaipur. His wife has also been put under isolation.

The Union Health Ministry had issued a new travel advisory cautioning Indians against non-essential travel to South Korea, Iran, and Italy.

The advisory comes in view of the evolving coronavirus outbreak situation with deaths being reported from these countries. It also states that people coming from these three countries or having such travel history since February 10, are to be quarantined for 14 days on arrival to India.

On February 20, India’s first novel coronavirus patient after being treated at the Government Medical College hospital was discharged. Medical Board took the decision to discharge the woman from the hospital after her samples had tested negative for the second time.

The woman after returning from Wuhan was put in isolation and undergoing treatment.

Two other students infected with coronavirus, one from Alappuzha and another Kasaragod had been discharged recently after they too tested negative for the virus in fresh tests.

On Tuesday, six fresh cases of suspected Coronavirus with high viral load was detected in Agra besides one in Lucknow. Apart from Uttar Pradesh, there is at least one case in Delhi, one in Telangana and one in Jaipur, where a traveller from Italy showed signs.

The Agra cases were detected during sample testing. Contact tracing of the persons who have come in contact with these six persons is also simultaneously being done through the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) network, informed the government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people not to panic and “work together” on a day six new suspected coronavirus cases were reported from Agra in Uttar Pradesh.

“There is no need to panic. We need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection,” Modi tweeted.

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