AGENCIES, Jaipur New Delhi: A third case of coronavirus was confirmed in the country on Tuesday. The patient is an Italian tourist who is currently in Jaipur. The report from Pune’s National Institute of Virology came in on Tuesday evening.
Six more people, who came in contact with a patient from Delhi, are suspected to have the virus. Their samples have been sent to Pune after they tested positive at a hospital in Lucknow. All six are at a hospital in Delhi.
The initial patient in Delhi was one of the two other cases confirmed over the last 48 hours. The other is a Bengaluru-based techie who is now in Hyderabad. Currently, the total number of infected persons is three and others who contracted the virus have been cured, doctors said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there is “no need to panic”. Modi tweeted this afternoon that he had an “extensive review with (a) number of ministries and state governments regarding preparedness levels”. The government has set up a task force to monitor the situation.
The Italian tourist in Jaipur was part of a group of 23 Italians who landed in Delhi and travelled to Rajasthan last month. The rest of the group has left for Agra and are expected to fly out to Italy from Delhi today.
According to sources, the Delhi patient was not screened at airport because he flew in from Austria, where the outbreak has not been declared serious. The crew of the Air India flight that flew him last week has been asked to stay in isolation at their homes for 14 days. A similar advisory has been issued to other passengers.
The affected passenger in Hyderabad had travelled on IndiGo flight 6E 96 (Dubai-Bangalore) on February 20. The crew of the flight have been placed under observation.