Health Minister Etela Rajender on Wednesday said the State government was well equipped and prepared to tackle Coronavirus.

Speaking to reporters at Huzurabad, the Minister said there was no need to worry since no Coronavirus positive cases were reported in the State.
Those who came to Hyderabad from China were tested at airport itself with thermoski machines and suspected persons were shifted to hospital in special vehicles, he said.

Besides appointing a special officer Dr Vijay Kumar, isolation wards have also been arranged in Fever, Gandhi and Chest hospitals to treat Corona cases. Every day, a news bulletin has also been released on the issue.

Nine more people have been admitted to Gandhi and Fever hospitals in the city on Wednesday for check-ups and tests for possible coronavirus  infections. While five of them were admitted to Gandhi, four others were admitted to the Fever Hospital. All these individuals were returning from China.

Their blood and cheek swab samples will be tested at the virology lab in Gandhi Hospital, and the results are expected by Thursday morning.
According to an official, three passengers who had disembarked at the airport on Tuesday night, were flagged by  medical staff because they exhibited some cold and flu like symptoms.

The three passengers were directed to go to the Gandhi Hospital directly from the airport.

Excluding the nine who were admitted to the two hospitals since Tuesday night, tests conducted on 25 persons so far — all of whom arrived after January 15 — tested negative for the disease.

Tests on 26 others who arrived in the city between December 30 and January 15 were also negative for the disease.

Except three positive cases in Kerala, no Coronavirus case was reported in the country. 700 persons, who came from China, have been tested in isolation ward in Delhi.

A total of 12 towns have been identified across the country to carry out Coronavirus tests. Gandhi hospital was center for two Telugu speaking States.

Symptoms of virus are similar to those of Swine flu and other flu cases, he said, adding that if anybody was suffering from running nose and sneezing, they should consult a doctor immediately.

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