5 of family in Kerala test positive for coronavirus taking total number of infected people in country to 39

Thiruvanathapuram: Five of a family in Kerala have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of infected people in the country to 39. Three in the family had recently visited Italy, one of the nations that reported the most cases of coronavirus. State health Minister KK Shailaja said the family did not share their travel history at the airport and were not screened.
“They also refused to be hospitalised initially and we had to persuade them,” the minister said.
Among the five people — all residents of Pathanamthitta district — who tested positive are a couple in their 50s and their 26-year-old son. All five have been admitted to the Pathnamathitta general hospital and are under observation.
“On returning, the family met some relatives. It was the relatives who approached a hospital with symptoms and they were isolated. Two of the relatives have tested positive. The family which travelled to Italy was also isolated later,” the minister said.
“We are urging people to share the travel information with authorities. We have stepped up the precaution in Pathanamthitta. We have started contact tracing, the minister said.
The family that went abroad travelled from Venice to Doha and then to Kochi. They reached Kochi on the morning of March 1.
The medical officials have also shifted the elderly parents of the couple to a medical college as a precautionary measure since they are in their ’90s and were living in the same home as the affected three.
India’s first three cases of coronavirus were also reported from Kerala. All three patients have recovered from the disease.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting with officials to discuss the outbreak. They were asked to identify locations for sufficient quarantine facilities and make provisions for critical care in case the disease spreads further.
Nearly 6000 people have been infected with coronavirus in Italy, of whom more than 225 people are dead. The Italian government has placed large parts of the north under lockdown to contain the virus.
Starting from China’s Wuhan city in December, the coronavirus has spread to over 95 nations and territories. More than 3,500 people are dead and 100,000 people have been infected.