New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said there was no need to panic of COVID-19 in India even as three persons including an Italian national tested positive for the deadly virus in last 24 hrs.Taking micro-blogging site Twitter, he said, "There is no need to panic. We need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection.""Had an extensive review regarding preparedness on the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Different Ministries & states are working together, from screening people arriving in India to providing prompt medical attention", Mr Modi said in another tweet.
The three new cases of coronavirus were from Delhi, Telangana and Jaipur respectively. The person from Delhi had travelled to Italy, while the one from Telangana has a recent travel history to Dubai.In Jaipur, an Italian tourist, who landed in the pink city on February 29, tested positive.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Monday decided to expand the universal screening of all passengers arriving from Italy and Iran, besides, the countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
The deadly virus, COVID-19 was first detected in China last December and since then spread to more than 50 countries infecting more than 89,000 people worldwide while killing over 3,000 people.India’s first COVID-19 case was recorded in Kerala's Thrissur. A woman medical student from Wuhan who was admitted to the Government Medical College hospital, Thrissur, was discharged on February 20.