Coronavirus Outbreak Fear Grips Country; 9 Under Observation
GUWAHATI: Nine people who have returned from China in recent days are kept under surveillance in hospitals to check for possible exposure to the deadly novel Coronavirus as reported by the Central and State officials on 24 January, 2020.
Of the nine people seven are in Kerala, two in Mumbai and one is in Hyderabad.
Officials in Kerala said another 73 people were being kept under medical surveillance at their homes in the State. Also seven people who had shown mild symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat are under watch in hospitals in different districts of the state.
It is to be mentioned that 20,000 people returning from mainland China and Hong Kong underwent thermal screenings at the seven international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has set up an isolation ward for providing treatment to any suspected case of the respiratory infection.
The virus was reported to WHO on 31 December, 2019 when a number of cases of pneumonia due to unknown causes were detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. Since then cases have been reported in the US and several Asian countries.
Reportedly, some 830 people have been affected so far in China and 25 deaths recorded till 23 Jan.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued an advisory for travelers visiting China, stating “Travellers to China should follow simple public health measures at all times. They should observe good personal hygiene, practice frequent handwashing with soap, follow respiratory etiquette, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness, such as cough, runny nose, etc. Avoid contact with live animals and consumption of raw/undercooked meat. Avoid travel to farms, live animal markets or where animals are slaughtered. Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose.”