Kasargod, March 1, 2020: A Kasaragod native, who arrived from Libya on Saturday, has been admitted to the isolation ward of the District Hospital in Kanhangad after he showed symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-2019), said district medical officer-in-charge M V Ramdas.
The youth complained of cough and throat pain.
"While returning to Kasaragod, he came in contact with a person returning from China at the Chennai airport. That is why we took the precaution of shifting him to the isolation ward," Dr Ramdas said.
He added that his throat swabs have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Alappuzha for tests.
"He will be in the isolation ward till the results arrive," the official said.
Meanwhile, the DMO asked those returning from Iran and Iraq to report to the Department of Health if they show symptoms of the infection such as cough and runny nose.
"They should confine themselves to their house and not take part in public functions," he said.
Fourteen people have been home quarantined in Kasaragod district. "They are from China, Italy, Malaysia and Singapore," said a health official. He said the number shot up from three on Friday to 14 on Saturday as several people arrived from Italy.
Earlier, a patient who was under observation for suspected coronavirus infection at Ernakulam Medical College Hospital died on Friday night. But the doctors said, the man died of pneumonia and chest congestion as they were waiting for the test result of his second sample from a laboratory.