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The Kerala government has declared novel coronavirus epidemic as “state emergency” after three people were tested positive in the southern India state. The decision was taken at the apex committee of the State Disaster Management Authority chaired by Chief Secretary Tom Jose.

Kerala health minister K.K. Shailaja in a special mention in the Kerala Assembly had declared that a  third person was tested positive for coronavirus and has been kept under isolation at the Kanhangad in Kasargode district and the condition of the youth, who was a student in Wuhan, is stable.

The health minister has said that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the outbreak is effectively controlled.

“The challenge is to trace people who have come from China and we are doing that,” said the Minister.

According to the state government, 1,925 people have been kept under home observation and another 25 being observed in isolation at the various hospitals.

Kerala’s state minister for Tourism, Kadakampally Surendran, today said that the on-going coronavirus outbreak has been a blow for the tourism industry. “Hotels bookings were full for February-March. But after Coronavirus reports, bookings have been cancelled. Kerala Tourism suffered during outbreak of Nipa virus &also during floods,” said the minister. 

Coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), as the outbreak continued to spread outside China. Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province remains the most affected place by the virus.

At least 425 people have died in China, with more than 20,000 cases of the virus testing positive. Cases have also been reported in 18 other countries with 98 confirmed cases outside China.

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