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Nellore-Based Techie Tested Positive For Coronavirus Making It First Case In Andhra Pradesh

Health Officials Said That Persons Who Were In Contact With The Coronavirus Patient Have Been Identified And Quarantined As Per Protocol.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Raghwendra Shukla | Updated on: 12 Mar 2020, 04:36:03 PM
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Nellore-based techie was tested positive for COVID-19 virus after he returned from Italy on March 6. (Photo Credit: IANS)

New Delhi :

Health officials have announced the first confirmed coronavirus case in Andhra Pradesh. According to reports, a Nellore-based techie has been tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 virus after he returned from Italy on March 6. Health officials have announced the first confirmed coronavirus case in Andhra Pradesh. According to reports, a Nellore-based techie has been tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 virus after he returned from Italy on March 6.

The patient is stated to be stable and all his vitals are normal. "He developed a dry cough and was admitted in Government General Hospital, Nellore in isolation ward has tested confirmed positive for COVID 19 in SVIMS, Tirupathi virology lab," the health official said.

"The patient has recovered from symptoms and is keeping good health and will be discharged after completion of 14 days after retesting the sample again." the statement reads.

Health officials said that persons who were in contact with the coronavirus patient have been identified and quarantined as per protocol.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Rohit Kumar Singh said on Wednesday that the woman’s husband, who was the first patient to be tested positive for coronavirus, has also shown low viral load. "The Italian woman have tested negative for the virus two times in the past 24 hours," Singh added.  

The officer said that 344 tests have been conducted so far in the state and only three of them (Italian couple and the Jaipur-based man) were tested positive. Nine samples are under process as of now, he added.

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In related news, the Haryana government on Thursday declared the contagious coronavirus infection an epidemic. "COVID-19 declared epidemic in Haryana," Health minister Anil Vij said in a tweet. According to the state Health Department, 44 samples of suspected cases were sent for tests till Wednesday. Out of these, 38 were found negative for coronavirus while reports of six people were awaited.

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First Published : 12 Mar 2020, 04:09:24 PM