An Italian tourist has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus infection and has been kept in isolation at a hospital in Jaipur, state health minister Raghu Sharma said on Monday (March 2). The minister said that the tourist, however, had tested negative in a previous test.
“A passenger landed in Jaipur from Italy on February 29. He was admitted to the isolation ward at a hospital after he showed symptoms of COVID-19 in the screening. He had tested negative. However, he tested positive in second testing,” he said.
The tourist, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, has been put in the isolation ward of SMS Hospital in Jaipur, he said.
“His samples will be sent again for testing since two different results were found in different tests. People who came in his contact till February 29 will also be screened for COVID-19,” the minister added.
Meanwhile, two other confirmed cases were reported on Monday — one each in Delhi and Telangana. “Both the patients are stable and being closely monitored,” the health ministry said in its statement.
The person who tested positive in Delhi had travelled to Italy earlier and is being diagnosed at RML hospital, according to the ministry. The person from Telangana had travelled to Dubai earlier.
“We have conducted meetings with department officials and are taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The state government is alert on this issue,” said Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender following reports of the confirmed case in his state.
These are the latest cases following the three earlier cases which were reported in Kerala.
The three persons, which include two medical students of a university at Wuhan, who had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 in Thrissur, Alappuzuha and Kasaragod districts were discharged following recovery.
Meanwhile, China reported 42 new deaths on Monday, taking the death toll in the country to 2,912. More than 80,000 people have tested positive for the virus, and more than 3,000 people have died outside China due to the deadly infection.
(With inputs from agencies)