Coronavirus in India first stated its foot in the state of Kerala on 30 January 2020. The affected one had a tradition of travel from Wuhan, China. In Kerala also two more cases have been confirmed and are reported to be clinically stable.
The World Health Organization (WHO) alerted on the last day of the year 2019 to a “pneumonia” epidemic “of unknown cause” in Wuhan, a city in Hubei Province in China.
India evacuated about 647 Indians from Wuhan, the Chinese town from which the virus started to spread.
A total of 6,057 confirmed cases of infection were reported as of 29 January 2020 in at least 25 regions within China and 19 other nations around the world.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) issued a revised travel advisory in wake of novel Coronavirus outbreak and said extending visas, including already issued eVisa, are no longer valid for any foreign national travelling from China.
Delhi government sets up a round-the-clock control room to address queries related to the virus. Here are five general information related to Coronavirus in India:
- Coronavirus in India: What to know
- Symptoms of Coronavirus
- Prevention measures
- Coronavirus in India Helpline
Coronavirus in India: What to know
5123 people were under home surveillance as a precautionary measure for coronavirus. At least 741 tests for nCoV have been done so far. Of these 738 have tested NEGATIVE, and 3 found positive.
A fresh travel advisory was released advising everyone to refrain from travelling to China, stating that expected tourists from China may apply for an Indian visa freshly. Furthermore, anyone with a travel history to China since 15 January 2020, could be quarantined from now on.
In Delhi: Manesar camp now monitors those coming from China. Hospitals in the Delhi, Ram Manohar Lohia, AIIMS, and Safdarjung also have isolation facilities fully prepared.
In Mumbai: For suspected patients in the state, two Mumbai hospitals, namely Kasturba hospital and Pune’s Naidu hospital have been dedicated.
In Karnataka: After three positive cases in neighbouring Kerala, the state government has placed border districts of Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Chamarajnagar and Mysuru under novel coronavirus surveillance. A health unit, comprising doctors and assistants, was formed at Mangaluru International Airport to screen passengers.
In Manipur: Five centres have been developed to screen people for coronavirus in various state border towns and at Imphal International Airport.
In Mizoram: Facility opened in Mizoram where citizens entering through the border between India and Myanmar are being checked at Zokhawthar.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
Based on a CDC report, confirmed cases of a 2019-nCoV infection so far, have shown symptoms of coronavirus infections can start with simple cold and cough and mild fever, but worsen if left untreated, leading to more severe respiratory diseases. Transmission of MERS-CoV occurs both in humans and in animals such as dogs and cats.
There is currently no vaccine available to cure COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid that virus being exposed. As a reminder, however, CDC always recommends daily preventive measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Coronavirus in India Helpline
The Indian government has set up a 24×7 helpline for queries about the novel coronavirus, with the number of cases quickly rising across the world.
Source: The Ministry of Health (MoH) India
Anyone seeking information can call on the number 011-23978046, the Union ministry of health said in a tweet. In case any clinical query connects with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Officer.
It is possible the disease is already spreading, unseen and unidentified. DSSG appeals to every individual to take the necessary precautions and stay safe.