Three suspected cases of the coronavirus were reported in the Indian capital on January 28. The patients had returned from China recently and were admitted to the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi with respiratory symptoms similar to those of the deadly disease currently gripping the world.
“There are three patients under observation. The virus hasn’t been confirmed yet but they are showing similar symptoms,” a spokesperson for the chief medical officer of the hospital told Quartz.
The first case of coronavirus of a student studying at Wuhan University confirmed in Kerala, the Health Ministry has said. Health officials confirmed that the case from Kerala was informed by NIV Pune. At present, 10 people are in isolation ward at different hospitals and the health department had sent 18 samples for testing to NIV, Pune.
How bad could it get in India?
As of now, the coronavirus seems to be killing around 3% of those it infects – a number known as the case fatality ratio. This makes it look much better than SARS, which killed 9.6% of the people infected globally, and MERS, which killed 34.4%.
But this isn’t a reason for succor because some of the biggest killers in the world today have low case fatality rates. The 2009 H1N1 pandemic, for example, saw case fatalities of less than 1%. But the virus infected so many people that it may have led to around 284,500 deaths worldwide, according to one estimate.
Here’s what you need to know:
China now has more cases of the virus than it had of SARS — but comparing the two is tricky.
Thirty-eight more deaths in China from the coronavirus were announced on Thursday, bringing the toll to 170. Most of those recent deaths, 37, occurred in Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak. One person died in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
Another 1,737 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours for a total of 7,711 worldwide, according to Chinese officials and the World Health Organization. The real number is likely to be higher.
Cases recorded in Taiwan, Germany, Vietnam, and Japan involved patients who had not been to China. There have been no reported deaths outside China.
Indians have been advised against travelling to China. An earlier government advisory cautioned against “non-essential” travel.
What is being done for the Indians in China?
New Delhi has asked Beijing for permission to bring Indians back from Hubei province on two flights and says its diplomats are working out logistics with Chinese officials.
The Indian embassy in Beijing has asked Indian nationals in Hubei province to urgently call its hotlines (+8618610952903, +8618612083629 and +8618612083617), or mail email@example.com.
As many as 21 Indian airports are screening passengers for the new coronavirus, the health ministry said.