COVID-19 cases in India rise to 43 with 3 in Kerala and 1 in Kashmir testing positive
09 March 2020
The number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 43 as of today with 5 more testing positive in Kerala. The 5 cases from Kerala reported yesterday are 3 family members with travel history to Italy and 2 of their relatives who came in contact with them.
While three of the 43 have been discharged from hospitals, there are 40 active cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Four new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since yesterday’s update – one from Ernakulum in Kerala, one from Delhi, one from Uttar Pradesh and one from Jammu.
The family of 3 from Kerala is reported to have visited relatives and attended few functions and their contacts are being traced.
43 samples have tested positive out of the 3,003 samples tested for COVID-19 with 2,694 samples having returned negative results.
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 hospitalised. 33,599 passengers are under observation. 21,867 passengers have completed their observation period, a union health ministry release stated.
The health ministry has appealed to people to reveal their travel history and fill the details in self-declaration forms properly.
Meanwhile, health authorities have clarified that the patient from Murshidabad who died in hospital in West Bengal was tested negative for COVID-19 and hence, so far no death has been reported due to COVID-19 in the country.
Union minister of health and family welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan is continuously monitoring and reviewing the status, actions taken and future preparedness of states.
The health ministry has again appealed to the people to observe the Do’s and Don’ts, including coughing etiquettes, hand-washing and to avoid large gatherings.