New Delhi: The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India climbed to 39 on Sunday as five people in Kerala tested positive for the deadly epidemic, which has claimed lives of over 3500 globally. In Kerala, five people who have tested positive for coronavirus are from the same family. They had recently returned from Italy, where death toll due to COVID-19 has passed 230. Also Read - Coronavirus: New York Declares State of Emergency; Trump Says 'Not Concerned at All'

The development comes a day after the Health Ministry informed about three coronavirus cases of which two were from Ladakh, with travel history to Iran, and one from TN, with travel history to Oman. All three were said to be stable. Also Read - Coronavirus: China Reports 27 New Fatalities, Lowest Rise in Cases Since Jan; WHO Calls For Robust Measures

“5 new positive cases of coronavirus have been admitted in the isolation wards. Three people recently returned from Italy due to which two more got the disease here in Pathanamthitta district. We are tracing their contact history. They are under medical treatment. People coming from other countries should show responsibility and get a medical checkup done as they reach India”, said Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja. Also Read - 34 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases: How Virus Came to India Via Iran, Italy While All Eyes Were on China

Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu, authorities are tracing contact history of the person who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. “A person has been identified positive with coronavirus and is under surveillance here at a hospital. We are tracing contact history. Further, we are screening every person coming from outside. We are fully prepared. We have procedures to contain this disease. We have 1086 patients under home surveillance”, said Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Beela Rajesh. 

Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi reviewed the situation on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 and action taken so far by various Ministries. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar, among others.  The Prime Minister complimented all departments for the work taken up so far.

PM Modi had also urged people to stay away from rumours on the deadly epidemic. “I request people to not believe in hearsay and rumours on what to do and what not to do on coronavirus, whatever doubts you have please consult your doctor”, the Prime Minister had stated yesterday.