Coronavirus victim tests negative, discharged
Galatta | Feb 14, 2020, 03:35 pm
Thiruvananthapuram: The second Indian patient to come down with the new Corona virus has tested negative in two tests, following which the quarantined youth has been allowed to return home.
The patient, who was the second person to test positive in Kerala, was a medical student at the Wuhan University and hailed from Alappuzha in Kerala. He has been discharged from the
isolation ward of government medical college in Thrissur, but he will conitnue to be in home quarantine for some time. Though the patient tested positive initially, the retests came back negative earlier this week.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who broke the news to the media on Thursday, also said that the other two patients, who continue to be in the isolation ward, were also doing well. Both their tests also showed a huge decrease in the viral load, said the minister.
Vardhan said that India had evacuated 645 people, including seven Maldivians, who were quarantined in two special camps. They will be kept under observation for two weeks and discharged after they test negative for the virus.
Around 2,51,447 persons travelling in 2,315 flights have been screened in the country so far. Around 15,991 people across the country have been kept on community surveillance. Of them, 497 symptomatic cases have been isolated while 41 have been hospitalised, Vardhan added.