New Delhi, May 22: Two more people succumbed to the Nipah virus in Kerala on Tuesday. Both the people were being treated in the isolation ward of the hospital. The Kerala government has confirmed that of the samples sent for tests, 12 have tested positive for Nipah virus of which ten people have died while two were in a critical condition, reported ANI. “No new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours,” said state Health minister KK Shailaja addressing the media.Also Read - Kerala Rains: Death Toll Rises to 23; PM Modi Discusses Situation With CM Vijayan | 10 Points

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state government was monitoring the outbreak of the disease in the region and taking every possible step to prevent its further spread. Taking congnizance of the issue, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda also directed to constitute a team of six highly efficient doctors to probe the outbreak of the disease. (Also read: Everything You Need to Know About Nipah Virus) Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown: Uddhav Thackeray To Decide Over More Covid Relaxations After Diwali, Says Rajesh Tope

“As of now there is no alert issued for Goa by any agency, including the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), whose team is in Kerala assessing the ground-level situation,” Dr Utkarsh Betodkar, State Surveillance Officer of Directorate of Health Services, told PTI. This contradicted earlier reports that Goa was on alert over the virus outbreak in Kerala. Betodkar said there was no need to panic as it had not affected the entire state but only a specific area of Kozhikode. According to Betodkar, the Goa government was not taking any chances and has already contacted Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR) to assess the situation. (With Agency Inputs) Also Read - Kerala Rain Highlights: 6 Dead, Several Missing in Floods, Landslides; Army, Navy Assisting in Rescue Ops