CORONAVIRUS UPDATE : Another Delhi man tests positive after Thailand, Malaysia trip

A new case of coronavirus has again been reported today, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 31.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE : Another Delhi man tests positive after Thailand, Malaysia trip
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A new case of coronavirus has again been reported today, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 31. A Delhi resident of Uttam Nagar has tested positive for the novel coronavirus today. The patient has a history of travelling to Thailand and Malaysia, confirmed Union Health Ministry. The latest case is the third in Delhi.

"One suspected COVID19 case has been confirmed as positive. The patient is from Delhi. He has a travel history to Thailand and Malaysia. He is stable and being monitored. The total number of confirmed cases in India now stands at 31," a health ministry official said. A middle-aged man from Ghaziabad tested positive for the coronavirus disease on Thursday.

The positive cases of coronavirus include a resident from Delhi's Mayur Vihar and six of his relatives from Agra whom he had recently visited. Another is a Paytm employee who works in Gurgaon and lives in west Delhi. They are all being treated at the Safdarjung hospital.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday asked states to form rapid response teams at district, block and village levels, stating cases of community transmission have been observed. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked the private hospitals in the Delhi-NCR region to join hands with the government hospitals to fight this global pandemic.

A total of 35 labs have been identified for collecting and testing of samples coronavirus cases, according to the Health Ministry statement. The number of such labs would be increased to 100 plus, it said.

As the number of coronavirus cases increase in India, the government has also decided to screen all international flights and passengers coming into the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. The central government has also made COVID-19 free certificate mandatory for travellers from Italy and South Korea.

A man from Raipur, who returned to India from Kenya through Dubai, has also showed coronavirus symptoms, according to a PTI report. He has been put under home quarantine.