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Indian nurse tests positive for coronavirus

The nurse is being treated at the Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well

By PTI in Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi
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Health Officials in hazmat suits check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan (AP)

An Indian nurse working at a hospital in Saudi Arabia tested positive for the coronavirus when she and nearly 100 of her Indian colleagues, mostly from Kerala, were screened, the government said on Thursday.

The nurse is being treated at the Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well, minister of state for external affairs V. Muraleedharan said.

In a tweet, Muraleedharan said: “Update from CGIJeddah : About 100 Indian nurses mostly from Kerala working at Al-Hayat hospital have been tested and none except one nurse was found infected by Corona virus. Affected nurse is being treated at Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well.”

Muraleedharan said the Indian consulate in Jeddah “are in touch with the hospital management and Saudi foreign Ministry. ”

The Indian embassy in Jeddah clarified in a tweet that the nurse found positive for coronavirus was suffering for MERS-CoV and not 2019-NCoV (Wuhan). “Dr Tarik Al Azraqi, Chairman, Scientific Regional Infection Control Committee, Aseer Region, has confirmed that d Indian Nurse being treated at Aseer National Hospital is suffering from MERS-CoV & not 2019-NCoV (Wuhan),” it said.