Three year old tests positive for coronavirus; cases in India near 50

Three year old tests positive for coronavirus; cases in India near 50

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 COVID-19.

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.



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