Coronavirus scare: Kerala woman student's fresh test result is negative
An official announcement on the "recovery" of the patient, a woman medical student from Thrissur, would be made only after her blood test result from the National Institute of Virology at Pune confirms the findings of the Alappuzha centre in Kerala.
India's first novel coronavirus patient has tested negative for the infection in fresh test at the National Institute of Virology's local centre in Kerala, health officials said.
The development comes as a sign of relief to the state as it is witnessing mass cancellations of bookings by tourists due to the virus scare.
However, an official announcement on the "recovery" of the patient, a woman medical student from Thrissur, would be made only after her blood test result from NIV at Pune confirms the findings of the Alappuzha centre, said the officials on Monday night.
The condition of the student was "stable", the officials said. She had tested positive for the virus on her return from Wuhan in China recently and been undergoing treatment in the isolation ward of a government medical hospital.
According to the state health department, a total of 31 people with symptoms of the coronavirus are in isolation ward across various hospitals in the state as of now, PTI reported.
"The blood test result of the first patient from Thrissur from the National Institute of Virology (NIV) testing centre at Alappuzha shows a negative result. But we need confirmation from the NIV at Pune," said a senior medical officer.
Besides the woman, two other Keralite students from Wuhan -- the epicentre of the virus that has claimed over 1,000 lives in China -- had tested positive in Alappuzha and Kasaragod districts.
"A total of 3,367 are under observation across the state, of which 3,336 are under home quarantine," a release issued by the health department said on Monday.