Bhubaneswar: As many as 74 people from Odisha, who have returned from coronavirus affected countries, are under observation in the state.
The travellers who have returned from coronavirus affected countries after January 15 were identified by the state surveillance system and kept under home quarantine, said the Health Department official.
While blood and throat swab samples of seven persons were sent to Pune-based virology lab for tests, all were found negative, the official said.
The official said a necessary advisory was issued to all the Chief District Medical Officers (CDMOs) to take preventive and control measures regarding the coronavirus.
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over a new coronavirus that has killed almost 1,400 people following an outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.