Karnataka health minister calls meeting over corona virus case

Bengaluru: Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu has called a meeting of top officials of his department today following information that the man, who tested postive for novel coronavirus in Telangana had travelled from the city.

The minister in a tweet said, “People residing in the person’s local address have been identified and are being monitored.” He also said, “State government has taken all precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus.”

“The condition of the 24-year-old man, who tested positive for the corona virus was stable and he was being treated in an isolated ward at the state-run Gandhi hospital in Hyderabad,” the Telangana government had said.

The man, a software engineer who works here, had been to Dubai last month on an official visit, where he is suspected to have contracted the virus.The man reached Bengaluru on 19 February and later travelled to Hyderabad in a bus.

Earlier, Sriramulu had said, “The government has strengthened all surveillance and control measures against the spread of the virus in Karnataka”.”Till date, 468 travellers from COVID -19 affected countries have been identified and 284 are under home isolation while one admitted in selected isolation hospital”, he had said.

The Karnataka Minister had also said that till date samples of symptomatic are sent for testing, out of which 240 samples were eligible for testing and 238 were reported as negative. He added that,”104 ”arogya sahayavani” (health helpline) has reserved 2 seater for receiving calls and providing guidance over Corona virus and 6,770 calls have been received and information provided.

Globally, more than 3,100 people have died as a result of the virus, the vast majority of them in China. More than 90,000 people have been infected, with cases registered in more than 60 countries.