Coronavirus outbreak: Five more cases of COVID-19 in Kerala

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KOCHI: In a fresh outbreak, five people in Kerala have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of infected people in India to 39.

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.

 Addressing the media on Sunday, Kerala health minister K.K. Shailaja said:

“Five new positive cases of coronavirus have been admitted to the isolation wards. Out of which, three people had recently returned from Italy. Due to which two more got the disease in Pathanmathitta district.”

The minister added that the three who came back from Italy, didn't report to health authorities even as they apparently had COVID-19 symptoms.

 “They are under medical treatment. We are tracing their contact history. People coming from other countries should show responsibility and get a medical checkup done as they reach India,” she added.

The minister assured 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.

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.

Pathanamthitta district collector has called an emergency meet to take stock of the situation.
 

                                                                                                                                                                            With inputs from Media reports

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