Raising the alarm over the spreading novel virus in India, the central government on Friday issued an official statement confirming two new COVID-19 cases in the country. According to the update from the Ministry of Health, one positive case was detected in New Delhi and the other was reported from Telangana.
While the patient from Delhi has travel history from Italy, the other one from Telangana was learnt to have travel history from Dubai. Though this has not been the first reported case in India, themes have raised alarm as the cases were reported in the cities with high population density. The patients are reportedly stable and are being treated in isolation and further details are yet to be furnished.
Including the VISA curbs, the Indian government has tightened the screening at 21 airports and 12 major and 35 minor seaports. Speaking to the media, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan urged the public to not panic and approach the government’s helplines for help. So far, the novel virus has infected nearly 89,000 people across the globe while the death toll reached to 3,000.
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