COVID-19 outbreaks: 21 stranded passengers from Italy arrive in Kerala

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KOCHI: Twenty one passengers, who were stranded in coronavirus-hit Italy, were brought here on Saturday.

According to the report from the airport sources, they were shifted to Aluva hospital for investigation.

Several Indian passengers have been stuck in the European nation, despite having confirmed tickets. Children and pregnant women were among the 300-odd Indians stranded at the airports in Itay.

This was after Italian authorities and Emirates airlines refused to take them following a circular issued by the DGCA, stipulating that people travelling from Italy or South Korea and desirous of entering India should obtain certificates of having tested negative for COVID-19 from those countries.

The number of total positive cases in the state has climbed up to 19.

Meanwhile, Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) has banned visitor's entry to the terminals with immediate effect. CIAL has also requested all passengers to limit the number of people accompanying them to the airport.

The coronavirus, originated in china’s Wuhan city in December last year, has spread to more than 100 countries, infecting more than 1,20,000 people

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday said that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rose to 83.

On Friday, the Union Health Ministry put the number of confirmed cases at 82. 

Two deaths due to the lethal infection have been reported in the country. It had prompted the authorities to closure of schools, colleges, and theatres, and many public events, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), were also postponed.

On Friday, a 68-year-old woman, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died due to co-morbidity, diabetics and hypertension at a Delhi hospital.

On Thursday, India had reported its first death due to coronavirus. A 76-year-old man from the state of Karnataka had died. The man from Kalaburagi had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, and his sample has been confirmed for COVID19.

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