Kochi: Even as the novel Coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China, has claimed over 1100 lives and infected 45, 000 people worldwide, the situation is very much under control in Kerala, the only state in India to report the deadly disease.
Two out of the three confirmed cases in the state tested negative and were declared disease-free while the third one is also reportedly doing well with the laboratory test results being awaited.
“Currently there is no need to worry. The health condition of each and every suspect currently under quarantine is stable. We’d despatched 380 samples in the last lot for testing at National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune, out of which 344 samples were found negative. The results of the rest are awaited,” Health Minister K K Shailaja Teacher said.
A total of 3447 persons are under quarantine, including 27 suspect cases in hospitals, across the state as on Tuesday.
The state government, however, has asked its citizens to continue adhering to its health advisories.
“Public should follow the cough etiquette by covering the nose and mouth using handkerchief/towel while sneezing/coughing. Do frequent hand-washing with soap and water. Those who have arrived from the corona affected countries should remain under strict home isolation for 28 days from the date of arrival in India, irrespective of whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic,” a statement from the health department said.
Meanwhile, the health officials have warned against fake social media messages being circulated to create a false alarm about the situation in the state. “Many such messages doing the rounds have come to our notice. Facebook has ensured immediate strict action against persons/ profiles spreading fake messages with regard to the novel corona virus situation and the health department as such,” they said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) proposed an official name for the illness caused by the new coronavirus – COVID-19 (coronavirus disease-2019).