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Sunday Feb 02 2020
Web Desk

Second case of coronavirus reported in India's Kerala

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Doctors and health workers check the body temperature of people coming into the country in Agartala, India, February 2, 2020. AFP/Abhisek Saha

MUMBAI: A second coronavirus case has been detected in Indian state of Kerala, the country's healthy ministry said in a statement issued Sunday on Twitter.

"The patient has a travel history from #China," the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare wrote, just a few days after the first one was reported last week.

"The patient is in isolation in the hospital, is stable & being closely monitored," the ministry added.

Harsh Vardhan, the health minister, said according to Gulf News that the Indian government was making all possible efforts to deal with the coronavirus.

India evacuated 324 people from the Chinese city earlier today, keeping them under observation in a quarantine on the city's outskirts. It also cancelled its national carrier's Mumbai-Delhi-Shanghai flight until February 14.

The country had reported last week that a student at a university in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, had returned to their home country and was tested positive.

As of January 31, some 52,332 passengers arriving at 21 Indian airports were screened for the virus, while a community surveillance of passengers was also being carried out.