The eastern Indian state of Jharkhand reported its first Covid-19 case, after a young Malaysian woman tested positive in its capital city of Ranchi.
“A Malaysian woman, who is among the 24 persons found staying in a mosque in Ranchi, has been found positive.
She is absolutely normal and asymptomatic,” principal secretary of health Nitin Madan Kulkarni said.
“There is one confirmed case of coronavirus in the state,” Kulkarni added.
The district administration had on Monday (March 30) raided and held 24 people staying in a mosque at Hindpiri in the city.
There were 18 foreign nationals and six Indian citizens from different parts of the country. The police got into action following a tip-off.
All the 24 people have been sent to a quarantine facility at Khelgaon in Ranchi.
According to sources in the Health Department, the patient was admitted into the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Ranchi.
So far, 274 samples of suspected coronavirus cases have been taken in Jharkhand, out of which 266 are negative with one positive. The results of the remaining seven are still pending.
The department has set up a 557-bed isolation ward for Covid-19 cases, including 96 in medical colleges, 200 in Sadar Hospital and another 261 in private hospitals. The state has also prepared 1,469-bed quarantine centres.
To date, India has 1,117 active coronavirus cases, with 32 fatalities. 102 people made a full recovery and have been discharged.