Coronavirus Picture: Union Health Ministry

The number of positive Coronavirus cases in India rose to 84 on Saturday with a new case being confirmed in the National Capital.

A man, who is among the 83 people admitted at the Manesar facility after being evacuated from coronavirus-hit Italy, has been tested positive for Coronavirus. On Friday night, he was shifted to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.

Last night, a 68-year-old woman from West Delhi died at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, as India recorded its second death.

Earlier on Tuesday, a 76-year-old man died on his way from Hyderabad to his hometown Kalaburagi (Karnataka).

However, India has now become only the fifth country after China, Japan, USA and Thailand, to isolate the ‘Pandemic’ virus.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (DHR-ICMR) Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava on Saturday said that the strain of virus isolated is “99.99 per cent similar to that in Wuhan”.

Bhargava added that since the virus is isolated, the authorities can work on a vaccine for it.

“We have the virus available with us, and that can help us develop more rapid diagnostic kits and could pave the way for vaccine development in future, which is still far away and every country is working towards that,” he added.

The IMCR also said that it will now take over a thousand samples of influenza- or pneumonia-like illnesses from patients without any travel history or contact with infected persons to curb the transmission of COVID-19.

A network of 65 laboratories will now test 20 samples each week — 10 of influenza-like illnesses and 10 of severe acute respiratory infection — for coronavirus.






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