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Twenty-nine people in India are infected by the virus: Health Minister

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Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today instructed members of the Rajya Sabha on the measures taken by India to control the explosion of the highly infectious Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19. Twenty-nine people in India are affected by the infection, which was first identified at a seafood business in China’s Wuhan in December last year.We’re dared with new hurdles… We have started a containment plant in Agra,” the Health Minister stated. “We are particularly concerned about Indian tourists and students stranded in Iran (where the coronavirus cases are high). The Indian government is catching up with Iran on their condition,” Harsh Vardhan said.

An employee of payments firm Paytm has tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing the e-wallet company to shut its Gurgaon office for two days.The figures leaped after a group of 15 Italian tourists tested positive for the disease in the last two days. An Indian driver, who was travelling with them, has also tested positive.The WHO (World Health Organisation) has termed this outbreak as a crucial concern. Though it has not declared it pandemic, it has asked countries to remain alert. Once the person is exposed to the virus, the disease might be infected within one to 14 days. In our country, 29 positive cases have been reported as of March 4,” the Health Minister said.

“For the last three days, new travel cases have reported positive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is regularly monitoring the situation personally. A Group of Ministers has been constituted to keep an eye on the situation. Video conferences are being held with states every other day. Indian citizens are advised to refrain from travel to places like China and Korea and other COVID-19 countries,” he said.

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