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Coronavirus outbreak: man with no travel history tests positive in Bengal | India News


CALCUTTA: A 57-year-old man with no history of foreign travel and a 23-year-old woman who returned from Scotland tested positive for Covid-19 within 24 hours in Bengal, bringing the total number of confirmed cases here to four. While three of the patients returned to the city from the UK, this has set off alarm bells within the medical fraternity and administration is the case for the fourth patient who has no travel history and did not contact anyone with known foreign trips. history.

The Dum Dum man was admitted to a private hospital in Salt Lake on Monday. He suffered a fever and a dry cough for four days before hospitalization. His symptoms worsened to acute respiratory syndrome Thursday and he has been on ventilation ever since.

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Swab samples from the patient were first sent to the SSKM Hospital, where they were positive. He was then sent for reconfirmation to ICMR-NICED, the nodal diagnostic laboratory for the entire eastern region, where he again tested positive, Swasthya Bhawan officials said.

Sources at the private hospital where the patient is admitted said that the 57-year-old patient had been treated as a suspected Covid-19 patient from day one and was kept in an isolation room. “The hospital had taken adequate protective measures for its front-line doctors and healthcare workers who were treating the patient. He is currently in isolation in the ICU. His condition is serious, ”said a hospital source.

Health officials said they are trying to identify family members who had been in direct contact with the patient.

The other patient who tested positive Friday night is a 23-year-old Habra resident at North 24 Parganas. The young woman had recently returned from Scotland, where she is taking an MBA course. She followed the instructions at the airport and went straight to the Beliaghata ID Hospital, unlike the first two patients in the city who had sought hospitalization after several days in their respective homes, causing a transmission scare.

Now under treatment, doctors said his condition is stable. Her father, a friend and the family’s driver have been kept in isolation from the house. The other two Covid-19 patients at the same hospital are also stable.

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