Apart from Delhi, similar suspected cases of coronavirus have been reported from Chandigarh and Bengaluru. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
The death count from the Coronavirus outbreak crossed the 100-mark on Tuesday. As many as 106 fatalities were reported from China. Over 4,000 confirmed cases of exposure have been reported so far. Most of the deaths were reported from Beijing, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hainan, Shanghai. The coronavirus threat has also reached India with several suspects being reported from Kolkata, Jaipur and Patna. Three suspected cases were also reported from the National Capital. The patients have been kept in isolated wards at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Apart from Delhi, similar suspected cases of coronavirus have been reported from Chandigarh and Bengaluru. Kolkata was on high alert after a Thai citizen died under mysterious circumstances. No official report has been issued in this regard.
Suspects Across Cities
On Monday, in Rajasthan’s capital city, a doctor, who returned to India after completing the MBBS course in China, was kept in isolation at the SMS Hospital on the suspicion of being affected by coronavirus. In an official statement, the minister said a blood sample of the patient was sent to the National Virology Laboratory in Pune. In Patna, a PhD scholar was kept in the isolated ward at Patna Medical College and Hospital over coronavirus scare. Apart from Jaipur and Patna, one person each from Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Malappuram and three from Ernakulam are in isolation wards of various health centres in Kerala.
Coronavirus Reaches Germany, Canada
Meanwhile, Germany and Canada have confirmed one case each of coronavirus. Closer home, vigil has been intensified on Indo-Nepal border. Both Myanmar and Sri Lanka have also started using thermal screening for China-returned flyers at the airports. In fact, Sri Lanka has suspended its policy of granting visa on arrival for Chinese travellers on Tuesday, a day after the health authorities detected the country's first coronavirus infection. Sudath Suraweera, the chief epidemiologist of the country's health ministry, said on Monday that a 40-year-old Chinese woman was found positive for the virus.
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US Issues Advisory
The US has also urged its citizens to reconsider travelling to China amid coronavirus outbreak that has killed 106 people after its outbreak in the city of Wuhan. Barring Tibet, all Chinese provinces have reported the virus cases, posing a major challenge for the health authorities to contain it.
"A novel (new) coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness that began in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to grow. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of cases throughout China," the State Department said.
(With agency inputs)