The Indian government on Thursday confirmed that a patient in Kerala State, Southern India had tested positive for novel coronavirus, the first case of the virus which originated in China and has so far killed 170.
“The patient was a student of Wuhan University in China.
“The patient is stable and in isolation at a hospital,’’ the government disclosed.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) senior Indian government official said bringing Indian nationals from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus was not the best option due to the risk of infection but increased pressure from the citizens.
The official added that most of the nationals are students and their parents had forced them to keep an aircraft on standby.
This week, India readied a state-carrier airplane to travel to Wuhan, however, was waiting for a nod from Chinese authorities who were trying to sequence the whole evacuation process.
“Only those nationals who don’t have the virus will be airlifted, they will be brought into a quarantine facility outside Delhi,” the official said, requesting anonymity.
Reports say demands from South Asian nationals intensified after countries such as the U.S. and Japan began pulling out their nationals.
It would be recalled that the new coronavirus, which originated in China recently, found its way to the shores of the United States
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirmed the development in a statement on its website on Tuesday.
It said the virus had been diagnosed in a traveler, who arrived in Washington on Jan.15 from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where it broke out in December.
At least six people are reported to have died from the virus, and almost 300 others infected in China.