India reported its first case of the new coronavirus on Thursday, saying a woman in the southern state of Kerala had tested positive in an outbreak that originated in China, killing 170 people, and spread abroad.
The patient was an Indian student of Wuhan University in China, India’s government said in a statement, adding the patient was stable and in isolation in hospital. The central Chinese city of Wuhan is the epicenter of the outbreak.
Addressing a press conference, Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said that 20 samples had been sent for tests out of which one was found to be positive.
Shailaja said: “The patient had returned from China’s Wuhan and is now kept in isolation at General Hospital in Thrissur.”
According to one of the health ministry officials, the patient is stable and is being closely monitored.
A 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.
The official added that most of the nationals are students and their parents had forced them to keep an aircraft on standby.