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Coronavirus outbreak LIVE UPDATES: Harsh Vardhan reviews situation, assures Uttarakhand CM for screening at Nepal border

Coronavirus outbreak LIVE UPDATES: Harsh Vardhan reviews situation, assures Uttarakhand CM for screening at Nepal border
At least seven Indians have been kept under observation in Kerala to check for possible exposure to the deadly novel coronavirus. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus outbreak LIVE Updates: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday reviewed preparedness for the prevention and management of novel coronavirus.  According to the health ministry, seven central teams will visit states and designated airports to review preparedness for control of the virus. Vardhan also spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister and assured him of all support for screening at Nepal border for novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, at least seven Indians have been kept under observation in Kerala to check for possible exposure to the deadly novel coronavirus which has . Kerala health ministry officials said the seven, who returned from China, showed mild symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat, reported news agency PTI. Among the seven, two are in Kochi and four are in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Pathanamthitta respectively.

Apart from this, at least 73 people have been reportedly kept under medical surveillance at their homes in Kerala.

Meanwhile, in China, a doctor from Hubei province died on Saturday reportedly due to the novel coronavirus. China’s National Health Commission announced on Saturday that death toll due to the virus rose to 41, with 1,287 people being infected. Out of the 1,287 cases, the condition of 237 is stated to be critical.

Four Indians — two in Mumbai and one each in Bengaluru and Hyderabad — tested negative for the virus on Friday. With over 20,000 passengers returning from China and Hong Kong this month, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi set up an isolation ward and kept beds ready for providing treatment to any suspected case.

More than 1,300 people have been infected by coronavirus globally, including in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, France and the US.