According to Kerala officials, the state government has asked people arriving from China to “voluntarily report” to the health department for screening for the virus, and it was during such screening that the patient was detected with coronavirus
Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja has called a meeting with the health secretary and other officials from the Directorate of Health Services to take stock of the situation.
She told reporters that the central health department confirmed the infection in one of the four people who had come back from Wuhan and were under observation in isolation wards in the Thrissur hospital. “Already we are vigilant. Now with this information we need to take care of things more,” she said.
The state government has created isolation wards in one medical college and another major hospital in each district and has been keeping those who were suspected to have contracted the virus.