23-yr-old girl returning from UK tests positive for COVID-19, said health director K Rajo Singh; however, blood sample sent to NIV Pune for nucleic acid test
Imphal: Manipur on Tuesday reported its first case of coronavirus aka COVID-19 after a 23-year-old girl tested positive, making it the first case of the deadly virus in Northeast India.
As per reports, the girl, who is a resident of Imphal West, had returned from London on March 19 to New Delhi by an Air India flight and reached Manipur on March 21.
“A 23-year-old Manipuri person returning from UK (England) tested positive today morning [March 24],” said state health director K Rajo Singh.
The girl is under care and treatment at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) isolation ward, he added.
The serological test was done at JNIMS and the result tested positive. However, as per reports, her blood sample has been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune for nucleic acid test.
The report also said that the girl and her younger brother who had also arrived from the Atlanta, US, met at Kolkata and stayed in a hotel bef ore heading for Manipur. As per reports, her brother has tested negative for the virus.
Sources informed that the girl with high fever was admitted at JNIMS on March 23.
Soon after the confirmation reports, the family members of the girl have been put under isolation.
Meanwhile, the health director appealed all the people who came into contact with the girl after she arrived from the UK to inform the health department and start self-isolation immediately.