Coronavirus Attack: First Indian diagnosed with the virus, getting treatment in Saudi
Brazil : A deadly Coronavirus has taken at least 17 lives in China and have hundreds of people suffering from it. Meanwhile, first case of infection has been found in India as well. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Thursday informed that one nurse from Kerala has been tested positive with the virus.
Announcing about the diagnosed nurse, the minister mentioned on social media that over 100 nurses, mostly from Kerala, were tested in Saudi and only one of them has been tested positive to the virus. She is now getting the treatment at the Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well.
"About 100 Indian nurses mostly from Kerala working at Al-Hayat hospital have been tested and none except one nurse was found infected by Coronavirus. The affected nurse is being treated at Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well," he said in a tweet.
Update from @CGIJeddah : About 100 Indian nurses mostly from Kerala working at Al-Hayat hospital have been tested and none except one nurse was found infected by Corona virus. Affected nurse is being treated at Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well. @PMOIndia @MEAIndia https://t.co/jM0u5243GV— V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) January 23, 2020
He also mentioned in a separate tweet that he has spoken to Indian Consulate in Jeddah about the health updates of the Indian nurses.
"Spoke to @CGIJeddah on Indian nurses quarantined at Al-Hayat Hospital, Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia due to coronavirus threat. They are in touch with hospital management and Saudi foreign Ministry. Have asked our Consulate to provide all possible support," he further added.
Earlier in the day, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs and urged to help Kerala nurses who are working in Saudi Arabia.
Prior to this, the MEA also stated that an advisory in this regard has already been issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and India’s consulates in China.
He also said that the Indian Mission in China has made efforts to protect Indians who are residing in the province in China.
On Wednesday, over 9,000 passengers from 43 flights were screened at different international airports in India in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.