26-year-old with travel history to Greece tests positive in Karnataka

BENGALURU: One more person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Karnataka, taking the number of confirmed cases in the state to five.

“Five COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Karnataka state till date,” Karnataka department of health and family welfare services said in a statement on Thursday.

The 26-year-old patient, who came from Greece, has been isolated and is stable. “All primary contacts have been traced and are asymptomatic. Home quarantine has been advised and being followed-up,” the department said.

B.Sriramulu, Karnataka’s health minister posted on Twitter that all necessary medical help was being extended to the patient.

The patient, from Mumbai and working in Bengaluru, lives with his brother, people aware of the developments said. The patient landed in Mumbai on 6 March and came to Bengaluru on 8 March.

The patient visited his office on 9 March and came in close contact with four others even as there are over 150 others in his workplace, Karnataka health minister’s office said.

The brother, the auto driver who ferried the patient and three family members are being screened for symptoms, the person cited above said.

The new case has been confirmed amid reports that one 76 year old is suspected to have died after contracting the virus. The test results of the deceased is awaited and there is no certainty that he died due COVID-19, that would make him the first fatality of the pandemic in India.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday declared the outbreak of Covid-19 a pandemic. A pandemic is an occurrence of a disease that affects many people over a very wide area.

“We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, noting there are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries and 4,291 deaths.

The central government on Wednesday suspended visas of all foreign nationals with effect from 13 March till 15 April as 10 new cases of COVID-19 infection were reported, taking the nationwide toll to 60, till Wednesday.

In Karnataka, authorities said 1,220 persons have been identified for observation and 292 out of them have completed 28 days of observation. Another 906 persons are continuing home quarantine and a total of 18 persons are admitted at selected isolation facilities.

The state government on Thursday said a total of 1,01,942 passengers have been screened in Karnataka, including a total of 69,998 passengers in Bengaluru and 26,557 passengers in Mangaluru. A total of 5,387 passengers have been screened at Mangaluru and Karwar seaports, the health department added.

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