The Ministry of Health confirms two COVID-19 cases in India: one in New Delhi and the other in Telangana. The patients are healthy and are closely monitored.
Delhi’s person had traveled to Italy, it said, adding that Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital is being treated. The other person with the coronavirus infection has a history of traveling to Dubai, the ministry said.
According to the Health Ministry, the two cases take the total number of coronavirus-positive cases to five. To date, India has only reported three cases of coronavirus, all from Kerala in the far south of the country, all of which have since been recovered and released from the hospital.
On their return from Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly outbreak that left more than 3,000 people dead in China, the three students, all Keralites, had tested positive for the coronavirus earlier, causing a state alert.
The Kerala government had declared the coronavirus a state calamity after the three students tested positive but removed it after successful quarantine and no fresh cases were reported.
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, meanwhile, said that current visas for China and Iran will remain suspended. “Current visas including e-visas will remain suspended for China and Iran under the travel advisory. As the situation develops, the travel restrictions may be extended to other countries as well,” ANI quoted him as saying.
Passengers are being screened at airports across India as part of efforts to treat coronavirus (COVID19).
The coronavirus has infected around 89,000 people worldwide and caused more than 3,000 deaths in China including 2,912.
The deadly virus, first observed in December last year in China, has spread to over seventy countries.