COVID-19 cases rise to 45 in India

Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, MAR 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/9/2020 12:54:02 PM IST

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country rose to 45 on Monday with six people testing positive. Out of 45 total cases (three persons with positive cases from Kerala are now discharged), 42 are active cases of COVID-19 in the country. Six new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since yesterday’s update –one from Ernakulum, Kerala; one from Delhi; one from Uttar Pradesh, one from Jammu, one from Karnataka and one from Punjab.

According to health ministry, the five cases from Kerala reported Sunday were three family members with travel history to Italy and two of their relatives who came in contact with them. 

The family is reported to have visited relatives and attended few functions and their contacts are being traced, the ministry said.

A total of 8,74,708 international passengers from 8,255 flights have been screened at airports till now with 1,921 passengers identified as symptomatic. 177 of them have been hospitalized. 33,599 passengers are under observation. 21,867 passengers have completed their observation period, the ministry said.

Further, the health ministry has appealed to the people that they should reveal clearly about their travel history and fill the details in self-declaration forms properly.

The health ministry has appealed to the people to observe the Dos and Don’ts, coughing etiquettes, hand-washing and avoid large gatherings.

Govt prepared to deal with COVID-19: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said the government is prepared to deal with novel coronavirus and his ministry is sending directives, including guidelines, to states in all the languages on ways to contain it. 

“We are sending detailed guidelines to all states on ways to contain coronavirus. Have asked states to strengthen laboratories and manpower to effectively deal with coronavirus and form early rapid action teams,” Vardhan told reporters adding, that the government is prepared to deal with the infection.

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