New Delhi: A three-year old Kerala boy, who travelled to
Italy along with his parents and had returned last Saturday, has tested positive
for the deadly coronavirus, taking the total count in the country to 42.
Incidentally, this is the first case in the country where a
child has been infected.
The family underwent thermal screening at Kochi airport soon
after they landed and was kept in quarantine at the Ernakulam Medical College.
The samples of the parents too were sent for laboratory testing.
With this, the total cases in the South Indian state have
risen to nine. Earlier a family of three, who returned from Italy and didn’t declare
the same at the airport, and two of their relative tested positive for
Kerala was the first Indian state to report coronavirus cases
when three students, who returned from Wuhan, were found infected. The trio has
since been discharged after recovery.
Meanwhile, the state warned that strict action will be taken
against those who arrive from virus affected countries and fail to report it. “If
any violation of the advisories issued by the Department of Health, Government
of Kerala, and Government of India, is noticed, stringent action will be taken
against them ..,” state Health Minister K K Shailaja Teacher said.
Separately, a 63-year old woman tested positive for coronavirus,
making it the first confirmed case in Jammu and Kashmir. The woman, who had a
ravel history to Iran, is undergoing treatment at the isolation ward of the
Government Medical College there.
At least 3639 people have lost their lives to the infection
globally while over 1,06, 800 were infected. Countries like Qatar have
temporarily barred travellers from at least 14 countries, including India, in view
of the surge in the infection globally.