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Mysuru on high alert over coronavirus threat

Special ICU unit set up at KR Hospital for suspected Covid-19 cases and First Aid Centre at Mysuru Palace premises; special squads deployed to create awareness at tourist destinations in Mysuru, says DHO Dr Venkatesh

Mysuru, March 4:- Deadly coronavirus which has spread all over the world after claiming over 2,900 people in China is causing worries in the heritage city as well. After a Hyderabad-based techie living in Bengaluru tested positive for the virus, Mysuru has been put on high alert.

The Mysuru Palace administration is gearing up for the coronavirus scare. It has kept virus masks ready to distribute to anyone found having cough, cold and fever.

“First aid centre has been set up at the Palace premises even as the novel coronavirus scare is spreading like wildfire. Display boards have been put up to create awareness among the public and tourists regarding the coronavirus. We have instructed the authorities to maintain the utmost cleanliness at the Palace premises. Masks are kept ready to be distributed to tourists,” said the Deputy Director of the Mysore Palace Board TS Subramanya.

“Primary check-up will be made for those with fever, cold and cough. We are ready to face any situation. There is no need to panic,” he added.

“Health Department is inspecting those who have got cold, cough and fever. This will help us to know if anyone is affected by the virus. We will send suspected blood samples to Bengaluru Medical College for the test. Awareness and inspections are done at tourist destinations, KSRTC bus terminals, railway stations, palace, Mysuru Zoo and other places. Special squad is prepared to create awareness,” said District Health Officer (DHO) Dr R Venkatesh.

“Special intensive care unit has been set up at KR Hospital in the city. 8-10 beds are dedicated to corona suspects. No corona cases have been reported in Mysuru so far and the district administration and administration of KR Hospital have taken precautionary measures,” he added. (MR/KS)

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