A total of 74 people in the State are under observation for the coronavirus so far.
According to Health Department sources, 74 travellers, who have returned from coronavirus-affected countries after January 15, have been identified by the State surveillance system and kept in home isolation.
Out of these persons, blood and throat swab samples of seven had been sent to the Pune-based virology laboratory and they all tested negative.
Notably, a State Health Control Room is functioning round the clock and people’s queries about the virus are addressed by a designated Control Room number 0674-2390466.
The department has issued an advisory to the Chief District Medical Officers to take preventive measures against the coronavirus. In view of this virus having no definite treatment, publicity is undertaken widely for awareness about it among people through health education messages on hand-washing, cough etiquette and home isolation.
Besides, special wards have been opened in the State’s five major hospitals to deal with the coronavirus cases.