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Coronavirus: West Bengal reports first case of deadly virus

The West Bengal man started showing symptoms of coronavirus since Tuesday morning, following which he was admitted to the isolation ward of the Beliaghata ID hospital, concerned officials said.

Coronavirus: West Bengal reports first case of deadly virus
Kolkata, First Published Mar 18, 2020, 9:31 AM IST
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Kolkata: A man, who recently returned from England, on Tuesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus, making it the first case in the state, a health department official said.

The man was admitted to Beleghata ID Hospital after he showed symptoms of coronavirus, he said.

Medical examinations revealed that the person had contracted novel coronavirus, officials said. 

The 18-year-old youth’s primary contacts, his parents and driver too have been kept under quarantine at the hospital. 

His throat swab test results at the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) came positive for novel coronavirus infection.

According to a report on Deccan Herald, “One male aged 18 years, who had returned from the UK on 15th March has tested positive (for coronavirus) today. He is kept in isolation,” stated a release issued by the state’s Health Department. 

According to sources in the health department, the youth did not show any symptoms of the novel coronavirus infection.

“He was kept under home quarantine only because he had recently returned from England. His samples were sent to NICED while he was under home quarantine and today (Tuesday) he tested positive,” said a senior health department official.

It is reported that the youth attended a party in England where four others had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Health department sources also said that currently, the state government is trying to identify others who came in contact with the youth and added that they will also be quarantined.

Soon after this, the entry to the Beleghata Infectious Diseases Hospital has been restricted. Police personnel at the entrance of the hospital are only allowing those for whom it’s urgent to enter the premises. 

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