3-year-old boy tests positive for COVID-19 in Kerala

South India

KOCHI: A 3-year-old boy in Ernakulam in Kerala has tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients to 40 in India.

According to the official report, the boy had returned from Italy with its parents at the Cochin International airport on an EK 503 flight on March 7 morning.

After universal screening at the airport, the child was transferred to Ernakulam Medical College. The condition of the child at the hospital is stable. 

As per the report, his father and mother are under observation in the Isolation Ward of the medical college.

On Sunday the state government had confirmed 5 new cases of COVID-19 in Kerala's Pathanamthitta district.

Five Keralites, including three who returned from Italy in recent days, have been found positive for COVID-19.

As per the report, the infection was confirmed on Saturday night and the five are currently at the isolation ward of the Pathanamthitta General Hospital.

The three- a man, his wife and son had landed in Doha on February 28 from Venice on Qatar Airways QR-126 flight, then arrived to India in QR-154 Doha-Kochi flight, on February 29. 

As per the report, all passengers on both these flight have been urged to contact the COVID-19 control rooms at their district quarters.

State Health Minister KK Shailaja had yesterday said that necessary steps were being taken, and also requested people not to panic, the situation was under control.

The health minister also requested people, who is suffering from fever and flu to not take part in Attukal Pongala, which is a women’s festival in the state’s capital Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.

Earlier, Centre had suspended visas and e-visas granted on or before March 3 to people travelling from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan, effective immediately, after a surge in cases of Covid-19 in these countries.

The deadly coronavirus has caused deaths of over 3300 people globally.


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