Coronavirus update: India's tally now at 45

Karnataka, Punjab record their first cases

By DTE Staff
Published: Monday 09 March 2020
Coronavirus tally in India reached 40. Source: Pixabay

Two more cases of novel coronavirus — SARS-COV 2 or COVID-19 — were confirmed positive in India March 9, 2020 evening: One in Bengaluru and the other in Amritsar. With them, Punjab and Karnataka debuted on the map of the virus’ footprint. 

The Bengaluru resident returned to the Karnataka captital on March 1 from a trip to Austin and New York in the United States and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Amritsar resident had been to Italy.

The two took India's infection tally to 45. 


Earlier in the day, four more cases were reported: One each from New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala.

In Kerala, a three-year-old boy was confirmed positive for COVID-19 case. The child and his parents arrived at Nedumbassery (Kochi) airport on March 7 from Italy, said state health minister KK Shailaja.

At the airport’s thermal screening counter, the boy was detected with high fever. He and his parents were isolated. While the child tested positive, result of the parents’ samples are awaited. The child has been kept in an isolation ward at Ernakulam Medical College and Hospital, Kochi.

Italy is the third-most affected country after China and South Korea. The patient detected positive in Delhi also has a travel history to Italy.

UP and J&K reported their first cases. The infected person from J&K travelled from Iran. In UP, the patient detected COVID-19-positive was traced, following a contact tracing exercise that included six Delhi residents who were declared positive on March 4. One of them had gone to Agra. 

Karnataka is hunting for a man who returned from Dubai and skipped the coronavirus test. The police were informed about the passenger's disappearance. A surveillance team is currently at his home with the police.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare did not comment on the Kerala case. Five more positive cases were reported from Kerala on March 8, 2020. In February, COVID-19 infected three people in the state, all of whom are now free of the virus.

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