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On Thursday, the first case of coronavirus in India has been reported from Kerala. The patient, a student of the Wuhan University, is stable and in isolation at a hospital, a statement from the Health Ministry said.

“One positive case of Novel Coronavirus, a student studying in Wuhan University has been reported from Kerala,” said a statement released by the Health Ministry. The patient is being kept in isolation in a hospital. “The patient is stable and is being closely monitored,” said the ministry statement.

“Even before the first confirmed case, we were doing our best to ensure diagnosis and then to treat it if any positive cases of Coronavirus arise,” Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

He further said that an official release of information related to the first confirmed case of the disease in India will follow soon. Coronavirus originated in Wuhan city of China in December and has since then spread to various cities around the world.

China has imposed quarantine and travel restrictions, affecting the movement of 56 million people in more than a dozen cities, amid fears that the transmission rate will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel for the Lunar New Year.

India has issued a travel advisory, asking people to refrain from travelling to China. Thermal screening facilities have been set up airports across the country as a precautionary measure.

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