Kerala health minister declares coronavirus outbreak as state calamity after third student tests positive

  • The Kerala government on Monday declared novel coronavirus epidemic as a 'state calamity' with a third student testing positive

  • State health minister KK Shailaja told reporters that the government has declared the epidemic as a 'state calamity' to take all necessary steps to ensure the outbreak is effectively controlled.

  • A medical bulletin issued by the government said the health status of all the three students, who tested positive for the virus, was 'satisfactory'

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Monday declared novel coronavirus epidemic as a "state calamity" with a third student testing positive for the infection in the state.

State health minister KK Shailaja told reporters that the government has declared the epidemic as a "state calamity" to take all necessary steps to ensure the outbreak is effectively controlled.

 Kerala health minister declares coronavirus outbreak as state calamity after third student tests positive

India's third case of coronavirus was confirmed in Kerala on Monday, 2 February 2020. Image: PTI

The decision was taken at the apex committee of the State Disaster Management Authority chaired by Chief Secretary Tom Jose,  she said, hours after the third positive case in the country was confirmed from the state.

A medical bulletin issued by the government said the health status of all the three students, who tested positive for the virus, was "satisfactory".

Earlier, two students from the state who studied in Wuhan in China, the epicentre of the epidemic, had tested positive for the virus in Thrissur and Alappuzha.

Till date, a total of 2,239 people, who travelled from the novel coronavirus affected countries, including China, have been identified and placed under surveillance in the state, it said. Of them, as many as 2,155 are under home quarantine and 84 have been admitted to isolation wards in hospitals.

Shailaja said some people who have returned from China were evading the health department."What they are doing by not reporting is very dangerous",

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Updated Date: Feb 03, 2020 21:51:44 IST