New Delhi, Mar 10 (PTI) A three-year-old child in Kerala who returned from Italy with its parents over the weekend is among India”s four new coronavirus patients, taking the total number of cases in the country to 43, Health Ministry officials said on Monday.
Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu reported one case each, officials said.
One case each was reported positive for coronavirus by state officials in Punjab and Karnataka, but there was no immediate confirmation from the Union Health Ministry.
The ministry in a statement also clarified that the patient from Murshidabad, West Bengal, who died on Sunday had tested negative for the infection and “hence so far no death has been reported due to the disease in the country”.
As the COVID-19 scare spread — with 110,041 people from more than 90 countries infected and 3,825 people killed — India sent a military transport aircraft with a specialist medical team to Iran on Monday night to bring back Indians stranded in the nation.
About 2,000 Indians are living in Iran, where 7,000 people have tested positive for the contagious disease with flu-like symptoms and 237 people killed.
According to the Indian Air Force, its C-17 Globemaster military aircraft left for Iran from the Hindon airbase at 8.30 pm and will return on Tuesday morning.
“The aircraft has a specialist medical team onboard. Indian citizens will be flown to Hindan where medical facilities including quarantine have been set up,” the IAF tweeted.
Giving details of the new cases reported in India, officials said the patient in Jammu, the first case in Jammu and Kashmir, is learnt to have a travel history to Iran while the patient from Uttar Pradesh had come in contact with the six people from Agra who had tested positive.
The Delhi patient has no travel history and had come in contact with a positive patient from the city, Delhi Health Department officials added. Earlier, some officials said the patient had travelled to Italy.
With Delhi recording its fourth coronavirus case, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan chaired a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior officials.
“We are sending detailed guidelines to all states on ways to contain the coronavirus. We have asked states to strengthen laboratories and manpower to effectively deal with the coronavirus and form early rapid action teams,” Vardhan told reporters.
Italy-returned Hoshiarpur man tests corona positive in first case of Punjab: Health Secy
A Hoshiarpur native, who returned from Italy last week, has been tested positive for coronavirus afflictions, becoming the first such case in Punjab, an official said here on Monday.
“The man who returned to Amritsar by an Air India flight from Milan in Italy has tested positive for coronavirus. He had landed at Amritsar International Airport via Delhi on March 4 along with his two other family members,” Punjab Principal Secretary (Health) Anurag Aggarwal said.
The man”s wife and child, however, have been tested negative for the corona-afflictions, said Aggarwal.
The two too, however, have been kept in isolation at an Amritsar hospital, he added.
The patient is a resident of Hoshiarpur, he said, adding he and his family members were tracked to the Amritsar airport and got admitted to a government hospital in Amritsar on being suspected of having coranavirus-affliction symptoms.
The family members” samples were subsequently sent to Delhi for investigation in which the man and wife tested positive for afflictions, but their child was found negative, said Aggarwal.
The samples of family members were subsequently sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, which confirmed on Monday that the man is suffering from coronavirus afflictions, said Agarwal.