In Rajasthan, a tourist from Italy tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. Blood samples of the tourist are now heading towards the National Institute of Virology in Pune for confirmation, according to Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma.

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What's worrying, is his first test came out negative, until his health deteriorated. The Italian tourist then had a second test that came out positive for the coronavirus. Because there are discrepancies in the outcomes of the 1st and 2nd test, "samples have been sent to NIV-Pune for testing," said Sharma.

New cases all over India

The 69-year-old Italian tourist was with his group traveling from Udaipur to Rajasthan and stayed at Hotel Ramada for the night. Later, he began complaining about breathlessness and went to stay at a nearby private hospital overnight.

The patient relocated to Jaipur's SMS hospital to test for H1N1 and COVID-19, and the results came out negative at first. After a second test on Monday at the SMS microbiology lab, the results became positive. To have full confirmation of the results, his blood samples will be in NIV-Pune for rigorous testing.

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At the same time, two new COVID-19 cases popped up in India, each from Delhi and Telangana. The Delhi patient previously traveled to Italy and he is receiving treatment at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. The Telangana case had only recently traveled to Dubai for his work.

Effects of coronavirus on India

These two cases were not the first in India. Previously, 3 students from Kerala tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Since then, the students have recovered after receiving treatment. The Indian government had already advised citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Singapore.

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If situations deteriorate, we could see further travel restrictions as precautionary. Suspensions for existing visas and e-visas are already in place for traveling to China and Itan. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan advised people not to panic. Instead of panicking, if someone suspects having symptoms of coronavirus, they should call the gov't helpline number.

Vardhan assured the public that "the situation is being monitored at the highest level. The Prime Minister is himself keeping a close eye on the situation".

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