Ground Report | New Delhi
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in India here’s all the latest information about the virus, how the government is responding and the essential advice for members of the public. Day after two new cases of coronavirus, one from Delhi and another from Telangana were reported, the Health Ministry on Tuesday said six cases with “high-viral load” were detected during sample testing and these people have been kept in isolation.
AIIMS hospital on Wednesday said 15 Italian tourists have tested positive for coronavirus. The group of Italian tourists has been quarantined at an ITBP facility in New Delhi. Government has asked people to avoid non-essential travel to Iran, Italy, South Korea and Singapore and said India was in discussions with authorities in Iran and Italy, two countries badly affected by the infection, to evacuate Indians there.
Here’s what you need to know
Case in Telangana: A 24-year-old software engineer from the city, who works in Bengaluru, was found to be the first confirmed case of Covona Virus from Telangana on Monday.
Case in Delhi: The person who has been tested positive in Delhi had travelled to Italy, press statement by the health ministry said on Monday.
Case in Noida: Two private schools in Noida cancelled classes on Tuesday for the next few days as a precautionary measure after the father of a student tested positive for coronavirus.
Case in Agra: Hotels and tourists sites in Agra have been instructed to inform the office of the Chief Medical Officer as soon as visitors from Italy, Iran or China arrive, so that they can be screened for coronavirus infection, an official said on Tuesday. As soon as any information is received, a team of doctors will be dispatched to examine the visitors for symptoms of COVID-19, Chief Medical Officer of Agra Dr Mukesh Vats told PTI.
Case in Jaipur: A 69-year-old Italian tourist reported positive for coronavirus following a test conducted at Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital.
What is coronavirus?
It’s a respiratory illness which belongs to the same family as the common cold.
The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan – which is an international transport hub – began at a fish market in late December. According to the WHO, more than 80 percent of patients infected with the virus have mild symptoms and recover, while 14 percent develop severe diseases such as pneumonia. Around five percent of cases are considered critical, while only 2 percent prove fatal. The elderly and people with conditions that weaken their immune system are most likely to develop severe symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
The initial symptoms are not dissimilar to the common flu, as the virus belongs to the same family. The symptoms include a cough, headache, fatigue, fever, aching and difficulty breathing. COVID-19 is primarily spread through airborne contact or contact with contaminated objects. Its incubation period is two to 14 days, with an average of seven days. You can find the latest information about the corona virus from the WHO.