India reports 2nd case of novel coronavirus: Ker govt says awaiting results from NIV

India on Sunday reported a second case of novel coronavirus with a person from Kerala with a travel history to China testing positive, officials said.

India’s first novel coronavirus case in India was also reported from Kerala with a student testing positive.

India on Sunday reported a second case of novel coronavirus with a person from Kerala, who had returned from China recently, testing positive, officials said. However, the Kerala government said the state was awaiting the results from the National Institute of Virology (NIV) at Pune.

“We have been informed telephonically by NIV Pune that there is a possibility of another positive case.

But since there is a possibility we have to be extremely vigilant. We are yet to receive the results.

The suspected case is of a student of Wuhan University,” state Health Minister K K Shailaja told the media at Kollam.

She said the student, who had returned from China on January 24, and currently at an isolation ward in Alappuzha Medical College Hospital, was being closely monitored and the condition of the patient is stable.

“The patient has minor symptoms. But we are not taking any chances. We have taken proper precautions even though we have not received any confirmation. We expect the results by evening,” she said.

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