Thiruvananthapuram: The final test results of the two coronavirus patients from Thrissur and Alappuzha districts of Kerala has come out negative, health officials confirmed on Monday. Though the first patient has recovered completely her sample has been sent for testing. The patient will be permitted to leave the hospital if the test result is negative.

The coronavirus patient in Alappuzha will be permitted to leave the hospital once the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune confirms the observation of the health department.

The test results of the 15 students who returned to Kerala from China's Kunming has also come out  negative.

3367 individuals are under observation in the state, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja informed. Out of the 364 samples sent for testing, 337 have been tested negative. The health condition of the individuals under observation in the hospital remain satisfactory, the minister said.

Though the 'state calamity' alert was withdrawn, the state has not lowered its guard and the (28-day) quarantine period would continue, she said.

Though the incubation period recommended by the centre is 14 days, Kerala being a densely populated state is observing a 28 day incubation period.

India's all three positive coronavirus cases-- reported from Thrissur, Alappuzha and Kasaragod districts-- are Keralite students, two of them medicos, of a university at Wuhan, the epicentre of the nCoV.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that India is equipped to face the coronavirus threat that the virus spread in Kerala has been contained.

Kochi: P Parameswaran, one of the senior-most 'pracharaks' of the Rashtriya
 Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and former leader of the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, Sangh Parivar sources said. He was 91.

The founder director of the Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram took his last breath at 12:10am while undergoing Ayurvedic treatment at Ottappalam in Kerala's Palakkad district, according to the sources.

Parameswaran, who had worked with leaders like Deendayal Upadhyaya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani during the Jana Sangh days, was honoured with Padma Vibhushan,the country's second highest civilian award in 2018 and Padma Shri in 2004.
Fondly called as Parameswar ji by Sangh Parivar and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders,Parameswaran was a prolific writer, poet, researcher and a widely-respected RSS ideologue He was the Bharatiya Jana Sangh's secretary (19671971) and vice president(19711977), as well as the director of the Deendayal Research Institute (19771982), New Delhi.

Parameswaran was born in Thamarasseril Illam, Kayipuram in Muhamma in Alappuzha district in the year 1926 as the son of Parameswaran Illayath and Savithri Antharajam. He came into contact with the Janasangham during his student days in Thiruvananthapuram.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja on Thursday said that over 2,800 people are under observation in Kerala for the novel coronavirus infection and no new cases have been reported.

India's three positive cases for the virus have been reported from Thrissur, Alappuzha and Kasaragod districts.

At least 2,826 people are under surveillance in the state as of Thursday, a press release quoting the minister said.

Of this, 2,743 are under home quarantine and 83 are in isolation wards of various hospitals, a press release quoting the minister said tonight.

The samples of at least 263 people, who have shown minor symptoms for the virus, have been sent to the National Institute of Virology at Pune and results of 229 samples came out negative, according to the release.

There is no cause for any concern with regard to those who are under observation in hospitals, including three foreign nationals, the release said.

The health department has trained staff from even other departments and people's representatives to spread awareness about the coronavirus and fight the epidemic.

Following the detection of three positive cases, the LDF government had declared the epidemic as a "state calamity" and the health department has issued advisories to the education, tourism and the animal husbandry departments on taking precautions.

Shailaja said on Wednesday that even though no positive cases were reported, the state needs to remain vigilant and reiterated the 28 days quarantine period for those returning from China.


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday held that its five-judge bench can refer questions of law to a larger bench while exercising its limited power under review jurisdiction in the Sabarimala case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde framed seven questions to be heard by a nine-judge Constitutional bench on issues relating to freedom of religion under the Constitution and faith.

The bench said it's nine-judge bench will deal with the right to freedom of religion under Article 25 of the Constitution and its interplay with the right of various religious denominations.

It will also deal with the extent of judicial review with regard to religious practices and the meaning of "sections of Hindus" occurring in article 25 (2)(b) of the Constitution.

The Supreme Court will also deal with the power of a person, who does not belong to a particular religion or sect of a religion, to question the religious beliefs of that religion by filling a PIL.

A five-judge bench, by a majority of 3:2 on November 14 last year, had referred to a larger bench the issue of discrimination against women in various religions.

Thiruvananthapuram: In a relief for people in Kerala, the coronavirus situation in the state has improved with the government declaring on Friday that the situation is no more a calamity.

Announcing this, Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja said no person, who had come into contact with the three patients who were quarantined earlier, had tested positive for the virus.

As many as 67 samples were tested negative for the virus. However, we will remain alert. Moreover, the second sample of the coronavirus patient undergoing treatment at Alappuzha has
also tested negative," she said.

Shailaja also pointed out that none of the people who were brought to Delhi from China had the disease.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said China had denied permission for 10 Indian students in Wuhan to return after they showed symptoms of the disease.

All over India, 20 suspected patients are under observation and their test results are awaited. "All the three patients in Kerala are stable," he said. According to the Union health minister, India had brought back 645 of its citizens from China so far.

Thiruvananthapuram: A Chinese tourist is among the three foreigners who have been put under observation in Kerala amid the coronavirus scare. 

Two of the foreigners have been quarantined in Ernakulam, while the Chinese national was put up in Thiruvananthapuram. 

The body fluids of all the three have been sent for examination.

The 25-year-old Chinese tourist, Jisho Yu Shao, has been admitted to the isolation ward of  General Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. He did not have any symptoms but was quarantined as he is is from the Coronavirus-hit country.
The youth had approached the city police commissioner's office with the complaint that  he was not getting accommodation in the Kerala capital. Though he went to several hotels, none of them were ready to give him a room as he was a Chinese national. He then went to the police but the cops quickly alerted the general hospital.

Meanwhile, the condition of the three Keralites, who tested positive for the Coronavirus, was said  to be satisfactory.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Wednesday informed that 2,528 people were under observation  in the state on account of the coronavirus outbreak. Out of these 93 are in hospitals and 2,435 are are home quarantined.