A three-year-old in Kerala has tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of affected people in the country to 40.
The child had travelled to Italy along with his parents and had returned last Saturday. The family underwent thermal screening at the Kochi airport soon after they landed.
The family was kept in quarantine at a hospital where the child developed the symptoms. The samples of the child tested positive after they were sent for examination at the National Institute of Virology lab at Alappuzha. The samples of the parents have also been sent for lab tests, officials said.
This is the sixth active case of coronavirus in Kerala. Three of the first cases reported from the state in January were discharged last month.
On Sunday, five of a family in Kerala tested for coronavirus. The state health minister said three of the affected persons returned from Italy and did not declare it at the airport, which is why they were not screened. A couple and their 26-year-old son, who had visited Italy, visited their relatives on return, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said. All five are in hospital under observation.The parents of the couple, who are in their 90s and lived with them, have been hospitalised as preventive measure, sources said.