Published: 30th January 2020
Kerala student infected with Coronavirus stable, kept in isolation in General Hospital, Thrissur
The Kerala Minister for Health K K Shailaja Teacher also said that the department has set up various isolation wards in hospitals across the state
The Kerala student back from Wuhan, the first in the country to be tested positive for Coronavirus has been kept in isolation in General Hospital, Thrissur, says Kerala Minister for Health KK Shailaja Teacher. "The patient had returned from Wuhan (China) and is now kept in isolation at General Hospital in Thrissur. She is stable," said the minister at a press conference.
"Twenty samples had been sent for tests out of which one was found to be positive," she added. She also asked the travellers returning from China to report to the health department. "The department has directed home quarantine for those who are returning from China," she said. She added that Kerala has set up isolation wards in two major hospitals in every 14 districts.
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Responding on the same, the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted, "The Minister for Health has briefed me about the situation. We are closely monitoring it. While we need to be cautious, it is no cause for panic. Our health network is capable of handling any emergencies. He said that the state has initiated a series of measures to tackle the situation. This includes contact tracing, case isolation, quality care and community engagement. He also asked people to make sure that fake news and rumours don't get spread over social media.