Kerala government on Thursday confirmed that “It was reported the first case of novel coronavirus (nCoV) in Thrissur city.”
In an official statement, issued by the Union Minister for Health and Social Welfare, K. K. Shailaja, said, “Out of six blood samples sent for testing to NIV in Pune, one who was studying in Wuhan University and has traveled to Kerala has been tested with positive.”
“The student has been admitted to the general hospital in Thrissur and is in isolation. The patient is now stable and is being closely monitored by the doctors,” the minister added.
“The other three who were closely in contact with this student are also being isolated,” Shailaja said.
Adding to the statement, the minister said, “The samples of three have also been sent for the testing. The first level of sample testing has been positive, now the NIV will carry out gene identification test which will affirm the coronavirus.”
“As the health department has taken all preventive steps to prevent the spreading of the virus. The citizens do not need panic,” the minister added.