A woman from Agra in Uttar Pradesh tested positive for deadly coronavirus on Friday.
It is pertinent to mention that her husband was also tested positive in the beginning of this week. He is an employee of Google in Bengaluru.
As per the health officials, the woman, who recently returned from her honeymoon in Italy and was put under quarantine after her husband showed symptoms of the disease, escaped from Bengaluru on March 8, took a flight to New Delhi and travelled to Agra to be with her parents.
The health officials said they faced resistance earlier but with intervention from district magistrate and police, they were able to move them to isolation wards.
Agra chief medical officer Dr Mukesh Kumar Vats said, “After the medical team reached the house of the woman’s parents, her father, a railway engineer, refused to cooperate with us and lied that his daughter had left for Bengaluru. But after the district magistrate’s intervention, we were able to gain access to their house and took all the nine family members to the district hospital for screening.”
” The woman has now been shifted to the isolation ward in S N Medical College.”
A health official, who interacted with the woman in S N Medical College, said, “The woman got married to the Bengaluru-based Google employee in early February. The couple left for their honeymoon soon afterwards to Italy and later travelled to Greece and France. They landed at Mumbai airport on February 27 and flew back to Bengaluru.”
“However, on March 7, her husband tested positive for Covid-19 and they were both quarantined in Bengaluru. Later, the woman informed her parents about her situation and allegedly at his request, she returned to Agra on March 8,” he said.
She took a Bengaluru-New Delhi flight and later a train to travel to her parental home.
Her travel details are being verified.
Health officials swung into action after alerts from Aligarh Medical College, which rated the woman as highly suspected Covid-19-infected patient, as well as Lucknow-based KGMU.
Agra DM Prabhu Narayan Singh said, “The woman returned to Agra on Sunday. We have isolated her family members and deputed a surveillance team to monitor them.”
A senior doctor associated with the isolation program of the Covid-19 in Agra said, “The newly married woman is the first positive corona-infected patient admitted to S N Medical College. Her sample has been sent to Pune-based National Institue of Virology for further tests. Since, she travelled by air, there is a high chance that passengers sitting near her in two rows back, front and side, might also be infected with Covid-19.”