Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 26. Two under observation in Mumbai


Outbreak of a deadly Coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan has claimed at least 26 lives and infected more than 846 peoples arround the world. Wuhan, and many other cities of China were placed under lockdow and several travel bans were imposed in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. The Coronavirus was first reported to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31 and has been under investigation since. The World Health Organization has formed an emergency committee to explore whether the virus constitutes a public health emergency. WTO has not declared the virus as the public health emergency of international concern.

Scientists have linked the disease to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses, which include the deadly SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome. The new virus has been named as 2019-nCoV.

Common Symptoms of Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

The virus causes pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, there can be organ failure.

Coronavirus in India

As per the latest media reports two persons who returned from China were kept under medical observation in Mumbai for possible exposure to the coronavirus. The persons had a mild cough and cold-related symptoms. Further details are awaited. All travelers arriving from China are being examined by the doctors at the Mumbai International Airport.

The BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) has created an isolation ward at its Kasturba hospital in Chinchpokali for the diagnosis and treatment of persons suspected to have the coronavirus infection.

“The isolation ward has been created for diagnosis and treatment of persons suspected to have the coronavirus infection,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer of the BMC.

“All private doctors in the city have been asked to alert us (the BMC) if they observe symptoms of the coronavirus in anyone who has returned from China,” she said.