Sunday, December 27, 2020

UK-returnee from Nashik tests positive for Covid-19

Nashik: A 25-year-old resident of Nashik city, who had tested negative at the Mumbai airport after returning from the United Kingdom on December 13, has now tested positive for Covid-19.

Avesh Palod, the nodal officer of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), said: “The RT-PCR test result of the UK returnee came back positive on Saturday. However, it is not clear whether he was infected before his return to India or after, as the test conducted at the Mumbai airport was negative.”

The man has been under home quarantine as per the standard protocol. On Wednesday, his mother was tested for Covid-19 as she was feeling uneasy and the report on Friday found her Covid-19 positive. The woman was admitted to a private hospital and the Covid-19 test of the UK returnee was also conducted again as he fell in the high-risk category (HRC). His test reports came on Saturday.

“I have asked the private hospital concerned to ensure separate wards for both the mother and the son. Their swab samples have been sent to the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) for further tests,” said Palod.

NIV-Pune will figure out if the infection has traces of the new strain of the virus that has been reported in the UK.

“It is not clear as to who was infected first — the mother or the son. The tests could throw some light on the same. It is possible that the mother got the infected first and passed it on to the son or the vice-versa,” the officer said.

27/12/20 ABhilash Botekar/Times of India

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