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Last week, the ministry had urged residents to put off travel to Kerala "unless absolutely necessary". After he fell unconscious at the railway station, he was initially referred to Asilo hospital in Mapusa and from there to GMC, where he is now undergoing treatment.

He added that the future course of action regarding the patient would be decided once the blood sample report arrives. The symptoms generally occur for 4-14 days consecutively but the health officials say it can also extend to more than 60 days as well.

Close to 200 patients in these two districts are being treated in hospitals, with 26 under observation.

Separately, tests run on dead bats in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh were negative for Nipah, an official there said.

Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that doctors would know the status of the patient only after the results of the tests.

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"Even recently on Gurugram Namaz case, Vij had said that" Namaz should follow in open only if someone is needed, it is wrong to pray Namaz with the intention of occupying any place.

The toll due to Nipah has risen to 13 in Kerala with one more person succumbing to the deadly virus here yesterday.

The Nipah virus, which is spread by fruit bats, can cause a communicable disease that can be fatal for both animals and humans.

"No advisory has been issued by the State government about the virus", he said.The Goa government has formed a committee, headed by the state's Health Secretary, to draw a protocol to deal with Nipah virus cases, if any, in the state.

Of some 116 suspected cases sent for testing in recent weeks, 15 have been confirmed as Nipah, the Kerala government said on its website on Monday. According to the World Health Organization, Nipah is a zoonotic pathogen reported for the first time in Malaysia in the year 1998 in the village of Kampung Sungai Nipah.