New Delhi: Two people from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur, with travel history to Italy, tested positive for COVID-19 in preliminary report. Speaking to reporters, doctors at Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH), (where they have been admitted), said that their final reports were awaited from NIV, Pune, where the samples had been sent. Also Read - Coronavirus: PM Modi Warns Against 'Rumour-Mongering', Asks People to Greet With 'Namaste'

If reports are to be believed, the duo had returned from coronavirus-hit Italy on March 3. From Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport in Amritsar airport, they were taken directly to the hospital after they showed symptoms of the deadly virus, which has killed more than 34oo people globally. Also Read - 2 Suspected Coronavirus Cases in J&K; Primary Schools, Biometric Attendance to Remain Suspended Till March 31

Notably, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India will rise to 33 if they tested positive for COVID-19 in the final report. Yesterday, a man from Uttam Nagar area of national capital, with a recent travel history to Thailand and Malaysia, tested positive for novel coronavirus.

Till Wednesday, 29 people, including 16 Italian tourists, had tested positive for coronavirus. The list also included the first three cases from Kerala last month, who were discharged following recovery.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had 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”, PM Modi said while interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadi Pariyojana.

Furthermore, he advised people to avoid shaking hands and start greeting each other with ‘namaste’ once again. “Poori duniya namaste ki aadat daal rahi hai, agar kisi kaaran se humne ye aadat chhod di hai, toh haath milane ke bajaye is aadat ko phir se daalne ka ye uchit samay hai”, the Prime Minister stated.