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UP: Once declared ‘free of Covid-19’, Hathras sees surge in fresh infection

Ten people in a family tested positive on Sunday evening, taking the district’s count to 15. According to officials, they caught the infection from a family member who had been receiving cancer treatment in Noida.

Written by Amil Bhatnagar | Noida | Published: May 12, 2020 5:16:28 am
Coronavirus cases, Covid 19 test, Hathras cases, UP cases, Lucknow news, Indian express news According to officials, the cancer patient used to travel to Noida thrice a month for chemotherapy. His last session was on April 28. Once his report came back positive, 27 members of his family were quarantined. (Representational)

Weeks after being declared free of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Hathras district is grappling with a surge in positive cases.

Ten people in a family tested positive on Sunday evening, taking the district’s count to 15. According to officials, they caught the infection from a family member who had been receiving cancer treatment in Noida.

“An elderly resident has been travelling to Jaypee Hospital in Noida for his chemotherapy. On April 29, his sample was taken and he tested positive two days later. As a precaution, we had the quarantine members of the family. Last evening, their samples came back and 10 people have tested positive. The situation is under control since the infected persons had already been under quarantine,” said Hathras Chief Medical Officer Dr Brijesh Rathore.

According to officials, the cancer patient used to travel to Noida thrice a month for chemotherapy. His last session was on April 28. Once his report came back positive, 27 members of his family were quarantined.

The cancer patient and two others have been referred to Aligarh, while the rest have been admitted to district isolation wards. The officials have also carried out contact screening.

In April, four members of the Tablighi Jamaat linked to the Nizamuddin cluster had tested positive for the disease. The event in Nizamuddin, held in late March, was the source of a number of infections across India. In mid-April, after the four tested negative, the state government declared Hathras Covid-19 free.

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