Two more cases of coronavirus - one in Delhi and another in Telangana - have been detected in India, the government said today. The latest detections take the total coronavirus cases in India to five, weeks after the first case was reported in Kerala. An Italian tourist also tested positive for the virus in Rajasthan. The first sample came negative, the second positive and the result of a third sample is pending. The tourist came with a group that has now gone to Agra.
The government said both the patients are stable and that they are being closely monitored.
The person from Delhi has a travel history from Italy, while the one from Telangana has a travel history from Dubai, the Union Health Ministry said.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the helpline number for coronavirus is 011-23978046 and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org
"People should maintain hygiene, wash hands properly and avoid going to crowded places," the Health Minister said. He also added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also closely monitoring the situation.
Minister of Health for State Ashwini Choubey said that 15 laboratories are working to fight the disease and 19 more will be set up.
The global death toll from the outbreak crossed 3,000 on Monday after dozens more were killed in China and cases soared around the world with a second fatality in the United States. The deadly virus, first detected in China in December last year, has spread to more than 60 countries and infected more than 88,000 people.
Earlier, three students from Kerala, who had confirmed to have the virus, were discharged from hospital after they recovered and tested negative for the coronavirus.
Groups of Indians who came from China are under quarantine, while some of them have been released after staying under observation for weeks.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday raised its global risk assessment of the new coronavirus to its highest level after the epidemic spread to sub-Saharan Africa and financial markets slumped.
The WHO says the virus appears to particularly hit those over the age of 60 and people already weakened by other illness.
The virus has proliferated around the globe over the past week, emerging on every continent except Antarctica, prompting many governments and businesses to try to stop people from travelling or gathering in crowded places.