Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has declared the lethal disease caused by the Novel Coronavirus as a “state calamity” after three people from the southern state tested positive for the virus, which originated from China’s populated Wuhan.
“The announcement is not meant to scare people. It is to help take proactive steps to intensify the steps to contain the spread of the virus,” state Health Minister KK Shailaja said.
The coronavirus has killed over 350 people in China in the last four days. All the three patients in Kerala are students who returned from China’s Wuhan city.
The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China and spread to more than 20 countries across the world in the last few weeks, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation.
“Third positive case of Novel Coronavirus patient, has been reported in Kerala.
The patient has a travel history from Wuhan in China. The patient has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital. The patient is stable and is being closely monitored,” the Health Ministry said.