A suspected case of coronavirus was reported in Rajasthan, following which the patient has been kept in isolation, state Health Minister Raghu Sharma said on January 26.
He said a doctor, who returned to India after completing the MBBS course in China, was kept in isolation at the SMS Hospital here on the suspicion of being affected by coronavirus.
Directions were given to conduct a screening of all the family members of the patient, he added.
In an official statement, the minister said a blood sample of the patient was sent to the National Virology Laboratory in Pune.
He added that a total of 18 people from four districts of the state had returned to the country from China and the respective district chiefs and medical officers were directed to keep them under surveillance for 28 days.
Sharma also urged the union health minister to make the screening facility available at the international terminals of various airports in the country.
Another suspected case in Bihar
Meanwhile, Bihar reported its first suspected case of novel coronavirus on January 27. A 29-year-old research scholar, who came home from China’s Tianjin last week, was quickly isolated.
The woman was admitted to the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in Patna on January 27 morning and kept under observation, after being referred from the Saran Sadar hospital, reports suggest.
The woman, a PhD student of neuroscience at Tianjin, had flown to Kolkata from China on January 22. She reached her home in Chapra on January 23. She reported mild fever with cold and cough a few days later.
China continues to reel under deadly coronavirus epidemic with the death toll due to it sharply rising to 80
amid the country's National Health Commission reporting 2,744 confirmed cases of the fatal affliction till date.