Six cases of novel coronavirus with “high-viral load” have been detected during sample testing in Agra and these people have been kept in isolation, Union health ministry said on Tuesday.
Two new cases of novel coronavirus one from Delhi and another one from Hyderabad were reported on Monday.
On Monday, Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma had said that an Italian tourist tested positive for coronavirus in Jaipur.
The six people had come in contact with a 45-year-old patient from Delhi, whose case came to light on Monday, TOI reported.
The man, who is a resident of Mayur Vihar, had visited them in Agra.
Health department official said the six have been kept in isolation at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi and their samples are being sent to NIV, Pune for confirmation.
The health ministry in a statement said that contact tracing of the people who came in contact with the six is simultaneously being done through the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) network.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of coronavirus scare and assures ‘no need to panic’.
“There is no need to panic. We need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection,” Modi twitted.
There is no need to panic. We need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection. pic.twitter.com/sRRPQlMdtr
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 3, 2020
The government has asked people to avoid non-essential travel to Iran, Italy, South Korea and Singapore and said India was in discussions with authorities in Iran and Italy, two countries badly affected by the infection, to evacuate Indians there.
The novel coronavirus or COVID-19, which originated in China, has spread to over 60 countries