A Monkeypox case has been detected in Delhi. A 34-year-old male resident of Delhi was isolated at Lok Nayak Hospital as a suspected case of Monkeypox, official sources said on Sunday.
A confirmation of the diagnosis has been done by he National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, the Union Health Ministry stated.
The case is presently recovering at the designated isolation centre at Lok Nayak Hospital, it said, adding that the close contacts of the case have been identified and are under quarantine as per the MoHFW guidelines.
Further public health interventions like identification of the source of infection, enhanced contact tracing, testing sensitisation of private practitioners etc are being carried out.
A high-level review of the situation by DGHS was held at 3 pm Sunday, as the WHO on Saturday declared Monkeypox a global health emergency.
"In light of the evolving #monkeypox outbreak with over 16,000 reported cases from 75 countries & territories, I reconvened the emergency committee. Based on the Intl. Health Regulations criteria, I decided to declare this outbreak a Public Health Emergency of Intl. Concern," WHO director general said on Saturday.
Monkeypox is said to have spread in just a few weeks to 75 countries and infected tens of thousands of people.
In Kerala, the first state in India to report monkeypox case, the number has increased to three as per reports and the patients are kept in isolation for 21 days, to avoid its spread.
Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 Active caseload reached 1,52,200 with the report of 20,279 new cases as per the latest official update on Sunday.