Kerala on Monday declared the outbreak of the coronavirus a "State calamity" after the detection of the third case of the epidemic in the South Indian state.
The State Disaster Management Authority's met Chief Secretary Tom Jose to propose the decision to ensure that the outbreak is controlled.
As on Monday, 2,239 travellers from China and other nCoV-affected countries have been placed under surveillance in the State. A bulletin by the Kerala Health Department has informed that 2,155 are under home isolation and 84 have been admitted to hospitals.
Meanwhile, the third person from Kerala infected with the virus is in an isolation in the hospital. The 3rd patient is a student who had recently to Kasargod from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the Kerala Government's disease surveillance team is attempting to estimate the number of students who have returned from China. The Government will now be collecting samples for testing from all persons who have returned from Wuhan after January 15 and are on home quarantine.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong reported its first death from the coronavirus on Tuesday, which is the second outside China (the first death outside China was reported in the Philippines). Meanwhile, the number of deaths from the deadly virus has risen to 425.
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