THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala government declared the Novel Coronavirus, which originated from China's Wuhan province, a "state calamity" after three people were tested positive.
State Health Minister KK Shailaja said that the declaration is for taking proactive steps to intensify the steps to contain the spread of the virus and not to cause any panic.
The death toll in Wuhan, China is touching 400 and 20,438 cases of infected have been confirmed as of Monday.
Three people who were tested positive for coronavirus returned from Wuhan city and they were travelling together and thus had physical contact.
Out of the 140 samples that have been sent for testing, only three were declared positive while 46 were negative. As many as 80 people were said to have been in contact with the three confirmed cases of Coronavirus.
The health ministry assured that the coronavirus patients are stable and they are closely being monitored.
The World Health Organisation declared coronavirus a global emergency after it spread to more than 20 countries across the world in the last few weeks.
Minister Shailaja said that they are contacting possible confirmed cases and the coronavirus patient is under treatment at the Kanjangad District Hospital in Kasaragod, Kerala.
The first case of coronavirus was reported on January 30th in Thrissur, Kerala and the second case was reported from Alappuzha on Sunday.
People travelling to or from China are asked to report to the health department and the ones who fail to do so will be prosecuted.
Over 2000 people who faced possible exposure to the virus are being monitored and 70 people have been isolated.