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Kolkata youth who returned from London tests positive for coronavirus, second case in Bengal

Coronavirus in Kolkata: The youth, a resident of Ballygunge area in south Kolkata, was in home isolation after he complained of fever and cough on March 16.

Written by Santanu Chowdhury | Kolkata | Updated: March 20, 2020 11:10:37 am
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A 22-year-old youth, who returned from London to Kolkata on March 13, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, sources in the state health department said on Friday. This is the second COVID-19 case in West Bengal, after another youth who had returned from the UK recently and evaded medical tests contracted the disease.

The youth, a resident of Ballygunge area in south Kolkata, was in home isolation after he complained of fever and cough on March 16. A day later, he was admitted to Beliaghata ID and BG Hospital while his swab sample was sent to NICED (National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases) in the city.

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Late on Friday evening, the reports confirmed that the youth had contracted the virus.

“His test reports have come and the youth has tested positive. He is kept at the isolation ward in Beliaghata ID and BG Hospital,” a senior health department official said.

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According to sources, the two classmates of the youth have similarly contracted the virus and are being treated at hospitals in Chandigarh and Chattisgarh, respectively.

The family members of the youth have been kept at strict home quarantine and their condition is being monitored strictly, the official said.

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