On Wednesday, The Telangana government urged the Centre to provide requisite medical kits for conducting tests for coronavirus in Hyderabad itself in case its severity increases and there is a possibility of it spreading to the state.
State Health Minister E Rajender said on Wednesday, ‘The samples are presently being sent to the National Institute of Virology at Pune. The state government is taking all precautionary measures.’
“We urge the Centre, in case the severity (of the virus) increases and if there is a possibility of it spreading in our region also, that we can conduct the tests (for determination of virus) here itself..instead of sending it to Pune if you can provide the concerned kits to us,” he told reporters.
Diagnostic tests for swine flu and other viruses are already being conducted in the city, he said. There has been no positive case of coronavirus so far in the country, according to him.
Passengers are being screened at the international airport in Hyderabad as part of precautionary measures.
The government is also looking at ways to help students from the state, who are said to be pursuing medicine in China, in coordination with the Centre, he said.
According to official sources, two samples have tested negative so far, while results are awaited for three samples.
On Monday, sources said three people, who had travelled to China but did not have Coronavirus symptoms, were under medical authorities’ observation.
The three had approached authorities in view of the spread of the virus in China and were admitted to the state-run Institute of Fever Hospital in the city.