India confirms two new Covid-19 cases to total five

2 March 2020 (Last Updated March 2nd, 2020 11:51)

India confirms two new Covid-19 cases to total five
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India has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus infection, taking its total to five.

One of the new cases was identified in capital New Delhi and is linked to travel to Italy. The second case, identified in Telangana state, travelled recently to Dubai.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of India confirmed the country’s first Covid-19 case on 30 January in a student who arrived in Kerala state from Wuhan.

All the three initial cases, which were reported in Kerala, had recovered and been discharged from the hospital.

As of 23 February, a total of 12 Indian nationals from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantine in Japan tested positive.

India evacuated 119 Indian citizens on board the cruise ship on 27 February, along with two Sri Lankans, one Nepalese, one South African and one Peruvian.

Furthermore, the Indian Air Force relief aircraft repatriated 76 Indians and 36 foreign nationals from Wuhan. The aircraft left for Wuhan with 15t of medical supplies and flew back the 112 passengers.