India, Sept. 7 -- Eight samples from close contacts of a 12 -year-old boy who died of the Nipah virus on Sunday, tested negative on Tuesday, said state health minister Veena George in Kozhikode (north Kerala), adding that five more results are expected by the evening from the National Institute of Virology (Pune).

"It is a great relief for us. Among the eight are the boy's parents and medical officials. We will localise and contain the outbreak as we did in 2018," said the minister. Kozhikode has reported a Nipah infection for the second time in three years--in 2018 the virus claimed 17 lives in the district.

The minister said the health department is observing all 251 contacts of the boy who dies of the virus--54 among them are in the ...