Coronavirus update: Two in Kolkata admitted to hospital with suspected symptoms – Livemint

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Kolkata: Two more persons were on Tuesday admitted to an isolation ward in a state-run hospital here with fever and cough — symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus — a senior health department official said.

Both have travel histories to coronavirus-hit countries — Indonesia and Malaysia — and were admitted to Beliaghata ID Hospital, he said.

Blood samples and throat swabs of the latest suspects have been collected and test reports are expected by evening, the official said.

He said three out of four other patients admitted at the isolation ward of the hospital tested negative for the novel coronavirus, while a re-examination would be conducted on the fourth patient, he said.

Another person, who had returned from Saudia Arabia on Saturday and admitted at the Beliaghata ID hospital on Sunday, “tested positive for swine flu”.

“He has been kept under observation,” he said.

More travel restrictions

In addition to visa restrictions already in place, people travelling from or having visited Italy and South Korea will now have to mandatorily submit certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from laboratories authorised by the health authorities of their countries.

This measure came into effect from 0000 hrs of March 10 and is a temporary measure till cases of novel coronavirus subside, according to a health ministry advisory.

According to media reports, 45 Indians are stuck at Rome airport with Emirates airline not letting them board, saying they won’t be allowed to deboard in India.

“In addition to visa restrictions already in place, passengers travelling from/having visited Italy or Republic of Korea and desirous of entering India will need certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from the designated laboratories authorized by the health authorities of these countries,” according to the health ministry advisory issued Thursday.

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