JAIPUR: An Italian tourist who was visiting Rajasthan has tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is undergoing treatment at an isolation ward of the SMS Medical Hospital in Jaipur.
The man who had checked into a hotel in Udaipur along with a group of 20 tourists had started complaining of breathlessness and cough which is when he was taken to Fortis Hospital on the night of Feb 28. Later he was shifted to SMS Medical Hospital in Jaipur and kept in the ICU, officials at the hospital said.
The first screening test had come out negative and the second had come o0ut positive.
The third sample has been sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune for further confirmation.
After the incident was reported, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot summoned a meeting of top officials on Monday night. Yesterday, two people have tested positive for coronavirus in Delhi and Telangana. The one from Delhi had a travel history to Italy and the patient from Telangana had a travel history to Dubai.
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.