With one more case of coronavirus reported in Uttam Nagar, New Delhi on Friday, the total number of positive cases in India has reached 31 so far. The latest patient is a man with a recent travel history to Malaysia and Thailand, confirms Sanjeeva Kumar, Special Secretary (Health), Union Health Ministry.
India had reported 30 cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19), after a man in Ghaziabad tested positive when he returned from Iran.
The cases are rising even as the government decided to screen all passengers entering the country from abroad for the lethal virus.
The Health Ministry also issued an advisory today, asking people to avoid mass gathering, where the chances of contracting the coronavirus are high.
“It is advised that mass gatherings may be avoided or possibly be postponed till the disease spread is contained. In the case of any such gatherings, States may take necessary action to guide organizers on precautions to be taken,” the advisory read.
“The government is working intensively to ensure meaningful intervention, if needed, to deal with the impact of unfolding Covid-19 crisis in the country,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She said various ministries are working alongside each other to deal with the impact of the virus.
Worldwide, more than 94,000 people have tested positive and the virus has claimed over 3,200 lives.
14 out of 21 Italian tourists in India were tested positive for coronavirus at ITBP quarantine in Delhi, confirmed Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. An Indian driver accompanying the group of Italian tourists has also been tested positive.
Six cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
Amid rising cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his visit to Brussels for an India-European Union (EU) summit, which will be rescheduled.
Globally, there have been more than 92,800 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. At least 3,100 people have died so far — majority of them in the People’s Republic of China. The number of cases have also steadily increased in Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea.