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Coronavirus scare: Woman who flew to India via China put under observation

cities Updated: Jan 29, 2020 22:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur
Hindustantimes

A 31-year-old woman, who took a flight to India via China recently, was put under observation after she came to the Hoshiarpur civil hospital with symptoms of flu.

The patient, who landed in New Delhi on January 24, had a seven-hour stay at the Shanghai airport.

She sought medical treatment for cough and cold at the hospital on Tuesday but when the doctors came to know that she had travelled through China, they became alert. Though the woman was allowed to go home, she was put under medical observation.

Civil surgeon Jasbir Singh said the patient would be monitored for at least 28 days or till she leaves the country. “We cannot call it a suspected coronavirus case as of now but since she had travelled to China it was necessary to keep a watch on her health,” he said.

He said the patient’s sample would be collected if she does not respond to general treatment. “As of now, she has not shown any serious symptoms”, the civil surgeon added.

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