The number of infected persons in Noida went up to four on Wednesday when a man with a travel history to Indonesia tested positive for COVID-19. The man, who is in his early thirties, had travelled to Indonesia along with his wife and landed in India on March 3.
As per officials, the identified man contacted health authorities after he noticed symptoms in a few days of landing. The man is a resident of Sector 41 and all people living in the vicinity of his resident have been asked to quarantine themselves. He has been shifted to the isolation ward of Government Institute of Medical Sciences.
“The new Covid-19 infected person contacted us a week after coming back from Indonesia on March 3. We immediately took his sample at GIMS which was sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). On Wednesday morning, we received his reports which showed him positive for the virus. He has been put under isolation and his wife has been quarantined,” said Dr Vikasendu Agarwal, State Surveillance Officer, Lucknow.
His wife is also going to be tested for the novel virus.
“We have asked the Noida officials to take the sample of the Covid-19 positive patient’s wife. It should be done by today itself. She has been quarantined since the sample of her husband was taken,” added Agarwal.
Health officials are going to start the mammoth task of tracing people who came in direct contact with the couple in the last 15 days. “We are tracing all the people who got in touch with the patient and his wife to ensure that they are quarantined too,” said the officer.
On Tuesday, two others were found to test positive for coronavirus that has claimed the lives of 3 people in India. The two infected are residents of sector 78 and sector 100 of Noida. Residents of their society have been asked to self-quarantine. Their societies have restricted entry of outsiders, including help.