First Coronavirus case reported in Kerala; student moved to isolation ward

First Coronavirus case reported in Kerala; student moved to isolation ward


A positive case of Coronavirus has been confirmed in Kerala. The patient, a student in China, has been moved to an isolation ward, specially set up in Thrissur General Hospital.

Health Minister KK Shailaja told mediapersons in Thiruvananthapuram that the female student had recently returned from Wuhan. She was suspected to be ill and had been quarantined. Of the 20 samples sent, 15 tested negative. One among the five suspected cases has tested positive in the first phase.

According to Kerala’s Health Minister K.K. Shailaja, the condition of the student is stable and "doesn't show severe symptoms". However, there was reason to be vigilant, she added. There is the possibility of her being shifted to an isolation ward being set up at the Thrissur Medical College.

The minister is expected to rush to Thrissur and hold a high-level meeting to tackle the situation. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told mediapersons that the case was confirmed and all steps would be taken to face the situation. In earlier cases of Nipah virus, the State had successfully faced the situation, he added.

Minister Shailaja said all those returning from China should report to the health department. Also in suspected cases, strict quarantine should be followed. Health officials have been asked to observe such cases. In case anyone shows symptoms of the illness, he or she should report to hospitals nearby at the earliest, the Minister added.