21-year-old Indian man who returned from Nepal tests positive for Covid-19Authorities yet to ascertain if the man contracted the disease in Nepal or India.
A 21-year-old man from Ambala in the Indian state of Haryana, who had recently returned from Nepal, has tested positive for Covid-19. However, it is yet to be ascertained if the man contracted the disease while he was in Nepal or India.
The man, a resident of Ramnagar village near Patiala, Punjab, had returned from Nepal a week ago. He has been admitted to Ambala-based Civil Hospital and is undergoing treatment.
Hospital's Chief Medical Officer Dr Kuldeep informed that the test result of the man came positive on Saturday.
"The patient was brought to the hospital after showing symptoms similar to Covid-19," Kuldeep told the Post. "The hospital took swab samples which later tested positive for Covid-19. However, the patient is now in stable condition."
The man had arrived in Nepal on March 9 along with a friend and had returned to India on March 19 at 3pm in an Indigo Air flight. He was screened at New Delhi airport and was cleared.
Airport officials, however, had suggested that he practice home-quarantine. The man then boarded the metro train to Kashmir Gate in New Delhi before taking a bus for his village.
"I didn't have any symptoms until March 26 when I suddenly had a high fever and stomach ache. I took some medicine at home but it didn't help. So I went to the City Civil Hospital where my test results came positive [for Covid-19]," said the man. "I am not experiencing any difficulties healthwise."
All members of the patient's family have been kept in isolation while authorities have also taken samples from the patient's friend who had accompanied the patient during his journey. "The test results of the patient's friend is yet to come," said Kuldeep.
Following the positive Covid-19 result in one person, Ramnagar authorities have put the village on lockdown and begun contact tracing of people who had come in contact with the patient.