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Woman who fled to Andhra has tension in the UK

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Hyderabad

A woman who tested positive for Covid-19 at New Delhi airport upon her return from London, but gave the ticket to authorities in the national capital and traveled to Rajahmundry in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh by train last week , potentially exposing its co-passengers to the virus, it has been found to be infected with the new strain of Sars-Cov-2.

State Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said Tuesday that Mary Winfred Ann Parrie, a teacher at a private school in Rajahmundry, was affected by the new strain of the virus found in the UK, as confirmed by the Center for Cell Biology and Molecular (CCMB), based in Hyderabad. ), who has performed genome sequencing of their nasopharyngeal swab samples.

The samples, collected by authorities at the Rajahmundry government hospital, were sent to the CCMB on Friday and the test result was declared on Monday.

Bhaskar said Parrie, currently in an isolation ward at the hospital, was asymptomatic.

Parrie, a resident of Ramakrishna Nagar in Rajahmundry who works at a private school, left for London a couple of months ago with her husband and daughter after the lifting of travel restrictions. She returned to India to see her son on the night of December 21.

Shortly after landing, she was tested for Covid-19 at the New Delhi International Airport Health Center. When she tested positive, the airport authorities handed her over to Safdarjung Hospital for treatment.

As she was asymptomatic, she was asked to self-quarantine for seven days. After finishing her outpatient card, Parrie left the room quietly.

On 23 December, the East Godavari district authorities received a communication from the Delhi (Northeast) Additional District Magistrate, Shubhankar Ghosh, stating that Parrie, together with her 22-year-old son Riyan, who came to meet her at the airport, they could travel to Rajahmundry on the Andhra Pradesh Express.

“Since she is corona-positive, there is a fear that she will transmit the infection to other people. According to the protocol, she has to be isolated in institutional quarantine, ”Ghosh said in the letter, requesting the East Godavari district authorities to admit her to any institutional quarantine facility.

The health authorities went on high alert and informed both the railway police and local police officers. As soon as the train arrived at Rajahmundry station in the early hours of December 24, the police located Parrie and her son disembarking from a first-class compartment. The authorities forced her and her son to wear personal protective equipment and took them directly to the government hospital in Rajahmundry.

In the morning, both Parrie and Riyan were tested for Covid-19. “The mother tested positive and Riyan negative,” said East Godavari District Health and Medical Department Coordinator Dr. Ramesh Kishore.

Authorities admitted the mother and son to separate isolation rooms at the hospital and began searching for passengers who may have been in contact with Parrie and her son during their journey from New Delhi to Rajahmundry.

Kishore said authorities initially proposed to send their swab samples to the National Institute of Virology in Pune, but then sent them on Friday to CCMB, one of the centers designated to test samples of the new strain Sars-Cov-2 that is devastating the UK. .

The mother and son claim that they did not interact or contact anyone on the train.

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