MUMBAI, March 11 (Xinhua) -- India's financial capital Mumbai reported the first two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus on Wednesday evening.
As per the medical bulletin issued by the state public health department, both cases were co-passengers of the two cases reported from Pune and part of Dubai tour troupe.
The two cases in Mumbai, which is the political capital of the country's western state of Maharashtra, have taken the total tally in the state to 7, the bulletin said.
"The patients who have tested positive are stable. They have been kept under observation. The health department, airports, ports, railways are on alert and are taking necessary precautions," an official statement quoting state Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray as saying. He also said that the state machinery is ready to tackle novel coronavirus crisis and citizens should not panic, while urging them to avoid crowded places and social, religious gatherings.
From Jan. 18 till date, 349 symptomatic travelers in the state have been isolated in identified isolation facilities, of which 312 samples have been found negative while 7 found positive, the bulletin said. The rest of suspected cases are awaiting their lab reports in the isolated wards of the hospitals in Pune and Mumbai.
As per the latest update by the Indian government released on Wednesday afternoon, which does not include the latest cases from Mumbai, there are 60 positive cases of coronavirus in the country including the three cases from Kerala discharged earlier. Since the last update on Tuesday, 10 new cases have been reported, of which eight are from the Southern state of Kerala while one each is from the Northern state of Rajasthan and Delhi.