Mumbai: A 64 year old patient became the third victim of novel coronavirus in the country on Tuesday at Mumbai’s Kasturba hospital. Meanwhile, the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 125+ after fresh cases were reported from several states.
The confirmed cases include 22 foreign nationals and two persons who died in Delhi and Karnataka. According to the ministry’s data, 13 people have been discharged so far, including the three Kerala patients.
India will take a call on community testing after it gets results on Wednesday from randomly collected samples of people suffering from severely acute respiratory infection (SARI) such as pneumonia but do not have a history of foreign travel or record of coming in contact with such travelers.
The results hold key to the crucial question of whether the virus has been spreading through community transmission. The government, however, has already started ramping up its preparations for the risk of community transmission and the community testing that it might require by ordering one million additional testing kits, besides extending the network of testing laboratories.