BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: An 85-year-old man who returned from Dubai to Jaipur on February 28 has tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, thus taking the number of coronavirus cases in India to 62. Meanwhile, Kerala has declared a health emergency in four districts after eight cases of Covid-19 were reported.
The 85-year-old is the first local resident to test positive in Rajasthan. The total number of coronavirus patients in the state has now gone up to three. An Italian couple who was part of a tourist group vacationing in Rajasthan also tested positive for the virus and are undergoing treatment in the isolation ward at the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences in Jaipur.
“The 85-year-old man who came to hospital with symptoms on Monday was found presumptive positive in the first test. The test was repeated with fresh samples on Tuesday and he tested positive,” Rohit Kumar Singh, additional chief secretary, health department, said.
Singh said the man, his wife and son and the doctor who treated them have been admitted to the isolation ward at the SMS Hospital in Jaipur.
“We have traced the 235 people with whom the man came in contact and they are all being monitored,” he said.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan spoke to a few coronavirus patients admitted at Medanta and Safdarjung hospitals through video calls on Tuesday and said all the people infected by the disease were stable and showing signs of recovery.
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