Coronavirus Outbreak/ Kerala students stranded in China’s Hubei reach Cochin

Kochi: Fifteen students from Kerala who were stranded in Hubei province of China following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus have landed at the Cochin International Airport. They underwent a thermal screening for the infection, airport officials said on Saturday.

The students travelled to Bangkok from Kunming Airport and then took an Air Asia flight to reach here, they said. When the flight reached Kochi at 11 pm on Friday, they were directly taken to the Kalamassery Medical College Hospital in five sterilised ambulances.

The students have been admitted to an isolation ward of the hospital, the officials said. Relatives of the students had reached the airport but they were not allowed to meet them.

No new case in Kerala: There has been no new case of coronavirus in Kerala for the last four days. In view of this, Health Minister KK Selja on Friday withdrew the declaration of the state emergency. The state emergency was declared on 3 February after three cases were confirmed. However, 3014 people have been kept under surveillance in the state. Of these, 61 are in isolation wards in different hospitals.

Indians stranded in ship: On the other hand, many Indians are also stranded in the ship left at the port of Japan due to fear of infection with coronavirus. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted on Friday – many Indian crew members and passengers are stranded on the ship due to coronavirus. No positive report has been reported so far. We are watching them.

Death toll rises in China: The death toll in China due to coronavirus continues to go up as it jumped to 722 on Friday, while the number of confirmed cases rose to 34,546, Chinese health authorities announced on Saturday.

As many as 86 deaths were reported from mainland China, with 3,399 cases on Friday from 31 provincial-level regions, the National Health Commission said.

Among the deaths, 81 are in Hubei province and its provincial capital Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, two in Heilongjiang, as well as one in Beijing, Henan and Gansu, the commission said.