New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed via a press communication that as of today, there are 43 total cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in India. Out of these, 40 are active cases. Four new cases of COVID-19 have been reported today – one each from Ernakulum (Kerala), Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu.
The Ministry stated that 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. The family is reported to have visited relatives and attended few functions and their contacts are being traced as we speak. 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 people have been hospitalized. 33,599 passengers are under observation, while 21,867 passengers have completed their observation period, the Ministry informed.
Special Secretary (Health) also clarified that the patient from Murshidabad, West Bengal was tested negative for COVID-19 and hence, so far no death has been reported due to COVID-19 in the country.
The Ministry also stated that the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan is continuously monitoring and reviewing the status, actions taken and future preparedness of states.
The Health Ministry also appealed to the people to observe dos and don’ts like coughing etiquettes, hand-washing and avoiding large gatherings.
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