Odisha reported its first positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The man who has been infected with the virus had travelled to Italy and has now been admitted to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.
A reliable source said that the 31-year-old youth is a resident of Bhubaneswar. Recently, he had returned from Italy on March 6 and was put in quarantine in New Delhi for a few days following the screening at the airport. As no symptoms of coronavirus were detected in him, he was allowed to return to home in Bhubaneswar.
On March 12, he had arrived at Bhubaneswar on a train. However, he consulted a doctor in Bhubaneswar after he suffered from cold and fever. Even after consuming medicines prescribed by the doctors for flu-like symptoms, he did not recover from illness.
On Saturday, the patient had visited the Capital Hospital for treatment. After the doctors found some symptoms of coronavirus in his body, he was immediately put in the isolation ward. The doctors attending to him sent his blood and swab sample to the RMRC, Bhubaneswar, for examination. The report confirmed him positive for COVID-19, the source said.
Following the test report, a special team of Health & Family Welfare Department of Odisha rushed to the hospital and discussed to tackle the situation.
However, the health condition of the patient is stated to be stable. As he had stayed at home with family between March 12 and 14, his father and domestic help have been asked to put themselves under home quarantine.
Sources said that the passengers of the particular compartment of the train in which the patient had travelled from New Delhi to Bhubaneswar may undergo a medical examination. Besides, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the screening will be conducted on the passengers alighting at Bhubaneswar Railway Station from today.