India on Thursday reported its first case of coronavirus after a patient in the southern state of Kerala tested positive.
The India government in a statement said: “The patient was a student at Wuhan University in China. The patient is stable and in isolation at a hospital.”
The central Chinese city of Wuhan is the epicentre of the outbreak.
“We had sent blood samples of 20 people from Kerala, of which 10 returned as negative. Out of six that were pending, the sample of a female student from Wuhan has come back as positive,” Kerala’s health minister, K.K. Shylaja Teacher, told reporters.
A senior Indian government official said bringing Indian nationals home from Wuhan was not the best option due to the risk of infection but that an aircraft was on standby and facilities to quarantine them have been identified.
“Only those nationals who don’t have the virus will be airlifted, they will be brought into a quarantine facility outside Delhi,” the official said, requesting anonymity.