A nurse working at a hospital in Saudi Arabia became the first Indian to be infected by the deadly coronavirus that rages in China’s Wuhan province and has already left 17 dead so far.
India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V Muarleedharan tweeted that about 100 Indian nurses, mostly from Kerala, have been tested and one was found to be infected by coronavirus.
The minister said the Indian nurses had been quarantined due to the coronavirus threat.
"Affected nurse is being treated at Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well," he tweeted.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar urging him to get in touch with authorities in Saudi Arabia to ensure proper treatment of and protection for the patients.
"Corona outbreak among nurses in Azir Aba Al Hayat hospital in Saudi Arabia should be considered seriously and necessary steps must be taken," Vijayan said.