Coronavirus in India: 'People will be prosecuted for hiding their symptoms'
A couple and their son, who had flown to Kerala from Italy and evaded airport screening, and their two relatives test positive for Coronavirus
The number of Coronavirus cases rose to 39 in India on Sunday, after a couple and their son, who had flown from Italy last month and evaded airport screening, and their two relatives tested positive in Kerala, prompting the state authorities to warn of strict action, including prosecution, against those hiding travel history and symptoms of the infection.
Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja said the state has been put on high alert in the wake of the new cases, reported more than a fortnight after India's first three Coronavirus patients — medical students from Wuhan — were discharged from hospitals in the state. The minister said all the passengers who travelled with the infected family in the Venice-Doha Qatar airlines QR 126 flight on February 29 and Qatar Airlines flight QR514 from Doha to Kochi that arrived at 8.20 am on March 1 should get in touch with health authorities. The state health department said failure to inform authorities about travel history and symptoms would be considered a crime. "Strict action, including prosecution, will be initiated against them. Directives of various government agencies should be followed in this regard," a police release said.
Coronavirus in India
No. of cases 39
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