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Gearing up to tackle the situation in India, authorities have taken additional measures to strengthen surveillance across the country.

A 63-year-old woman from Jammu and Kashmir tested positive for the novel coronavirus or Covid-19 on Monday, March 9, making her the first confirmed case in the state of J&K. The woman, who had a travel history to Iran, is undergoing treatment at the isolation ward of the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital and is stable now.

Meanwhile, a 3-year-old from Kerala also tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. The kid has travel history from Italy. With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has spiked to 41.

On Sunday, five people from Kerala, three with travel history to Italy, had tested positive for Covid-19. Kerala health minister stated that three of the affected persons who returned from Italy did not declare it at the airport following which they were not screened.

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A factory worker who came in contact with the coronavirus positive businessman from Agra has also tested positive, pushing the total number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh to six. The new patient was admitted to Agra district hospital while three suspected patients from Aligarh and four from Siddhartha Nagar have been quarantined.

Earlier, six members from the businessman's family were admitted to the Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi and five of them had tested positive.

Health authorities have already screened more than 150 persons who came in contact with the Agra businessman. Gearing up to tackle the situation, authorities have taken additional measures to strengthen surveillance in Agra and around.

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Uttar Pradesh nodal officer Vikasendu Agarwal said, "A team of 40 officers has been deployed to manage the coronavirus situation in Agra. Besides, three Epidemic Intelligence Services officers from Delhi have been posted in Agra to keep an eye on the developments and situation."

He said infrared thermometers had been made available to health teams deployed at the Taj Mahal. Authorities are also tracking contacts of the new case. The sensitisation drive at Agra covering houses in an area of three-kilometre radius around the Master Plan Road has been extended till March 9 and 314 teams have been deployed for it.

Report of the suspected case from Ghaziabad is still awaited. "Treatment of the patient who returned from Iran continues at the RML Hospital in New Delhi," he said.

Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary Health, Amit Mohan Prasad reviewed the situation in the state and said everything was under control. As part of additional measures, screening labs were also being set up in Sefai in Etawah, Aligarh and Varanasi.

The doctors at the Pulmonary Medicine Department in King George's Medical University in Lucknow has constituted a rapid response team. The head of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Department, Ved Prakash said, "The task force will work to prevent the transmission of disease."

2020-03-0911:57 (IST)

Kerala on high alert as Covid-19 cases surge

With a three-year-old child testing positive for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in Kerala's Kochi on Monday, the authorities have put the state on high alert as they suspect a few more cases might turn positive.

The total number of positive cases have climbed to six in Kerala.

The child had travelled from Italy along with parents and arrived on March 7. On arrival at the Kochi airport after preliminary checkups was placed under observation.

State Health Minister KK Shailaja said on Monday that strong action will be taken against those who fail to abide by health advisories that were being issued.

"Things were under control, but when the three from Italy who arrived failed to abide by the rules, things have reached this stage now. Everyone should abide by the rules and those who do not do, will have to face strong action," said Shailaja and added that the condition of all who are positive is under control.