New Delhi: At least 30 nurses from Kerala have been reportedly quarantined in Saudi Arabia after one of the nurses has tested positive for Coronavirus, that claimed several lives in China.
According to the reports, the nurse hails from Kottayam’s Ettumanoor in Kerala and was working at the Asia Abha Al Hayat National Hospital in the country.
After the news surfaced, minister of state in the external affairs ministry V Muraleedharan tweeted that the government is in touch with the Indian Consulate in Jeddah over the Indian nurses under observation at Al-Hayat-Hospital.
As per details available, a 38-year-old nurse hailing from Ettumanoor in Kottayam was contracted the virus while treating a Filipino who had tested positive for the deadly virus. Later all nurses who came in contact with the affected nurse were isolated and put under observation.
The outbreak was first detected in China’s Wuhan city at a meat market. Officials have confirmed that snakes are the most likely source of the infection.
The Chinese government confirmed that 17 deaths had taken place due to infection with the virus and that 571 cases have been confirmed, while over 300 people are suspected to have contracted the infection.