New Delhi: The number of confirmed coronavirus or COVID-19 cases in India rose to 31 as another person in the national capital tested positive for deadly epidemic. The latest patient is a resident of Delhi and has a travel history of Thailand and Malaysia. Also Read - After 7 Days, Prince Charles Recovers From COVID-19, Out of Self-isolation Now
“One suspected COVID-19 case has been confirmed as positive. He is stable and being monitored,”said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Also Read - Coronavirus: Delhi Metro Employees to Contribute One-Day Salary Towards PM-CARES Fund
Apart from this, the reported 30 cases include the previous three cases from Kerala, who have now cured and discharged from the hospital. In addition, there are three positive cases from Delhi-NCR, of which two have travel history from Italy, and one has travel history of Iran. Also Read - How is COVID-19 Different From SARS And MERS? Dr. Vivek Nangia Answers
Six patients in Agra contacted the infection from the first Delhi patient allegedly during a birthday party.
One confirmed case of the disease has been reported in Telangana. The infected person visited Dubai where he picked up the infection from a person from Singapore. The Ministry has assured that all patients are stable and being closely monitored.
13 Italian Nationals Isolated in Amritsar
As a precautionary measure, 13 Italian nationals have been kept in isolation at a hotel in Amritsar. “None of the 13 people have symptoms for Coronavirus. They all are healthy. They have been isolated as a precautionary measure”, SDM Vikas Heera told reporters.
Parliament Restricts Entry of Visitors
Meanwhile, Parliament has issued an advisory restricting gatherings and entry of visitors into its premises. “From next week, MPs from both houses will not be able to meet their visitors inside the parliament. MPs will also not be allowed to take their visitors on a parliament tour”, read the advisory.
In view of the several advisories issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI regarding precautions to be taken against the deadly Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) with a view to prevent the spread of infection among public. Members are hereby advised to take adequate preventive measures which may interalia include:
(a) Simple public health measures of hand and respiratory hygiene be practiced
(b) Large gathering within the precincts of Parliament House Estate may be avoided.
(c) Visitors, other than those, which are essential for official/operational reasons may be strictly restricted.
Indian Army Issues Statement
Besides, Indian Army HQ has also issued detailed instructions with respect to preparations & emergency response in tackling the COVID-19 virus.
“Local Military authorities will exercise suitable control to avoid/postpone all non-essential mass gatherings till the situation improves. Regular health information education & counseling activities to be carried out at all military stations”, the statement issued by Indian Army read.
It added,”Military hospitals to establish isolation wards and have separate OPDs for screening of symptomatic cases to prevent avoidable transmission. Service hospitals will work in synergy with local civil medical authorities and designated Indian Council of Medical Research labs”, the Indian Army stated.
The International Indian Film Academy Awards or IIFA, after consultation with the Madhya Pradesh government, has cancelled its 2020 ceremony due to coronavirus concerns. The event was scheduled to take place at the end of March 2020. A fresh date and plans for hosting IIFA in Madhya Pradesh are expected to be announced soon.
Pull Out All Stops: WHO
Addressing the media, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that some countries were not taking the situation seriously enough, reports Efe news. “This is not a drill. This is not the time to give up. This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops,” he added.