Coronavirus Scare in India: 'We Are Equipped to Handle Patients Affected by Viral Disease', Says Dr Randeep Guleria of AIIMS
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New Delhi, January 24: Amid apprehension over the outbreak of Coronavirus across the globe, India’s top medical institute on Friday assured that it has all the arrangements to deal with the viral disease. Dr Randeep Guleria of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said they are equipped to handle. He further added that the institute had also taken all the precautionary methods for the protection of the staff against the virus. Coronavirus Spreads Beyond China, More to The East: Mapping The SARS-Like Virus Amid Casualties in South Korea, Japan, Thailand.

Guleria said, “We are equipped to handle patients affected by Coronavirus. AIIMS has an isolation ward. All precautionary measures also in place for healthcare workers such as masks and hand sanitizers so that infection does not spread.”

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Earlier in the day, two people in Mumbai were suspected to be infected by the deadly novel coronavirus. They are currently under observation. According to reports, a special ward has been set up in Mumbai where the two individuals are being kept in isolation.

The virus has killed nearly 26 people so far in China, while 835 people are affected. The deadly virus has also spread outside of China, mainly in the eastern region, affecting neighbouring countries--South Korea, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and Macao. In the United Nations also, one man was diagnosed with the virus.

The virus, novel coronavirus, like other coronaviruses, has come from animals. In humans, the coronaviruses cause respiratory infections, often mild, but in rare cases potentially lethal. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment.