An 85-year-old man in Jaipur, who had returned from Dubai on February 28, has tested positive for coronavirus, a state government official said on Wednesday.
He was found presumptive positive in the first test on Tuesday and hence, a second test was conducted with fresh samples, the reports of which arrived late Tuesday night, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Rohit Kumar Singh, said.
On Tuesday, twelve people had tested positive for coronavirus in India -- six in Kerala and three each in Karnataka and Pune, state authorities said as the total cases went up to 59. Amid the COVID-19 scare, a combination of two anti-HIV drugs was used for the first time in India in the treatment of two patients.
The health ministry said the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 50, adding the rest are being retested for confirmation. Once the fresh cases declared by the state governments are taken into account, the figure will go up to 59.
Meanwhile, British MP Nadine Dorries, a minister in the health department, has tested positive for coronavirus. "I can confirm I have tested positive for coronavirus... and have been self-isolating at home," said the Conservative MP.
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3:49 PM: The health condition of an 85-year old woman being treated for COVID-19 at the isolation ward of the government medical college hospital is serious, health officials said on Wednesday.
In view of her chronic health condition like heart disease, she is serious while her 96-year old husband is stable, they said.
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1:13 PM: An Air India pilots' grouping has urged civil aviation regulator DGCA to exempt pilots from the mandatory pre and post-flight alcohol tests, amid the coronavirus scare.
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1:03 PM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed as "uncivilised" the Centre's circular barring the return of Indians from coronavirus-hit countries such as Italy unless they produce a certificate that proves they have tested negative for the virus.
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9:12AM: 85-year-old Man Tests Positive In Jaipur | A 85-year-old man, who had returned from Dubai on February 28, has tested positive for Coronavirus in Jaipur.
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9:06AM: Twelve more people have tested positive for coronavirus in India -- six in Kerala and three each in Karnataka and Pune, taking the toll of total affected people to 59.