New Delhi: Three Indians have so far been infected by the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, the capital of China’s central province of Hubei.
More and more people in China have succumbed to the disease with 56 of them being killed by the coronavirus till Sunday, taking the death toll from the outbreak to 361, Chinese health authorities informed.
The worst-hit Hubei province recorded more than 2,100 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number in the central Chinese province to over 16,600. More than 2,800 new cases were reported nationwide and it now has at least 17,205 confirmed cases of the virus across the country.
The virus has also travelled abroad with more than two dozen countries, including Australia, Britain, France, Germany, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Spain, Thailand and the United States reporting people falling sick.
India reported the third case of coronavirus from north Kerala’s Kanhangad on Monday after the affected person returned from Wuhan last week. Kerala has already been put on high alert.
On Monday, the Centre has set up a task force to monitor the situation with representatives from the ministries of health, home, civil aviation and women and child development.
Out of the 198 samples tested for coronavirus, 195 have tested negative. Close to 100 people, with a history of travel to China, are under quarantine in different hospitals across India.
On Monday, the Union health ministry put out a travel advisory, asking people to refrain from travelling to China and said travellers on return from the neighbouring country could be quarantined.