Just as India is gearing up to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, three more suspected cases of the disease have been reported across the country.
On Tuesday, an Indian couple working in a Singaporean cargo ship was admitted to a hospital in Odisha after the man showed signs of mild fever on his arrival at Paradip port from China, where the novel virus originated.
After screening, the couple was referred to the SCB Medical College Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack by officials at the Paradip port.
The Singaporean ship with 21 other crew members started their voyage from China on February 15 and arrived at Paradip Port on March 1. The ship also travelled to South Korea and Singapore en route.
Since the ship touched countries with COVID-19 outbreak on their route, the pair was taken to the SCBMCH, Port Hospital’s chief medical officer Prahallad Panda said.
“Before shifting them to the SCBMCH, the man and his wife had been quarantined in the ship itself,” he added.
On Tuesday, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said a suspected case of the deadly virus has come under their scanner.
“It’s not right to jump to conclusions. Tests will be done, factual position will be clear only after his (suspected patients) reports come in. We have come to know that the person is from Bilaspur,” Thakur said while speaking to the reporters.
As of now, 6 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in India. The states hit by the virus are New Delhi, Telangana, Rajasthan, and Kerala.
The three confirmed cases in Kerala have recovered now and have been discharged. In Rajasthan, an Italian tourist was found to test positive for the virus. Later his wife also tested positive.