Thrissur: Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said that the first victim of coronavirus has been admitted to a hospital in Kerala's Thrissur. In a press meet, Shailaja said that the victim who is tested positive for the coronavirus was studying in a university in China's Wuhan.

She added that the student who tested positive is one among the four students who had been kept in isolation at Thrissur general hospital. The health department is awaiting the results of the other three.

The victim is stable and will soon be shifted to a medical college. Shailaja also said that Kerala had been vigilant and has already placed 806 individuals under home quarantine at home, and will take stringent measures now.

Fake news creators to be punished:

The health minister said those who create and spread fake news, rumours and panic would be strictly punished.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which cause illnesses to people and also circulates in animals including camels, cats and bats. Animal coronaviruses can also evolve and infect people.

Symptoms of coronavirus:

High fever, breathing difficulty are the symptoms of coronavirus. Detection becomes difficult if the person is suffering from flu or cold.

Coronavirus in China may have spread from snakes:

A new study revealed that the newly-discovered coronavirus in China may spread from snakes to human beings. The first case of coronavirus was first reported in December 2019 and it was linked to the sea food market in China's Wuhan. The wholesale market sells poultry, bats, snakes, and other farm animals.

It is also reported that the new virus may have formed as a result of infections from both bats and snakes. This can also occur when the two animals are kept in close quarters, which can mostly happen in food markets.

However, latest reports state that there is no link between the seafood market and the first reported case of coronavirus in China.