NEW DELHI: India confirmed its second case of novel coronavirus on Sunday, even as health ministry urged people to take preventive measures but not panic.
A person with history of travelling to China tested positive in Kerala, the health ministry said confirming the second case. "The patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is in isolation in a hospital," the ministry said.
The patient is stable and is being closely monitored, officials added.
Earlier this week, an Indian student studying in Wuhan University in China tested positive in Kerala which was the first case of coronavirus in India.
The central city of China – Wuhan is the epicentre of the virus outbreak which has so far infected over 14,300 cases and led to 304 deaths across the country. Despite strong measures to contain the outbreak, including the Chinese government locking down Wuhan and other adjoining cities in the Hubei province, the virus continues to spread rapidly.
Apart from China, the virus has been detected in at least 21 other countries now including India.
The World Health Organization – which initially refrained from a declaring coronavirus outbreak as a public health emergency- took a call earlier this week and declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
Amid mounting fear of a wider spread, health ministry asked all the hospitals across all states and Union territories (UTs) to prepare isolation wards.
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