Senior judge of Patna high court tests Covid positive, admitted to AIIMS-Patna

The judge, who was running fever for the last couple of days and tested positive for the infection on Monday, was advised hospitalisation by authorities at AIIMS, Patna.
The senior judge from Patna high court is undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at AIIMS Patna. (HT Photo)
The senior judge from Patna high court is undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at AIIMS Patna. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2021 05:14 PM IST
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ByRuchir Kumar, Hindustan Times, Patna

A senior judge of the Patna high court tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna late Monday evening, according to hospital documents seen by HT. The judge is learnt to be undergoing conservative treatment for Covid-19.

The judge, who was running fever for the last couple of days and tested positive for the infection on Monday, was advised hospitalisation by authorities at AIIMS. His name has been withheld at the request of hospital authorities.

Patna high court has decided to hold only online hearing from Tuesday due to the recent spurt in cases. The HC was earlier hearing cases virtually and also in-person.

“His vital parameters are stable and the severity of infection is mild at this stage. He does not require oxygen therapy as of now,” a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

There was no official word from the hospital. AIIMS-Patna superintendent Dr CM Singh declined comment saying he was busy. Director, AIIMS-Patna, Dr Prabhat Kumar Singh, could not be reached on phone and hospital’s nodal officer for Covid-19, Dr Sanjeev Kumar, did not respond to text messages and phone calls.

News of the judge contracting the infection came even as Bihar reported 935 new infections, the highest single-day spike in cases this year.

Like several other states witnessing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in what is being referred to as the second wave of the infection in India, Bihar, too, has seen a spike with 3,422 cases reported after Holi between March 29 and April 4, in comparison to the 224 cases reported during the week ending March 7.

State capital Patna has contributed most of the new infections, accounting for 432 of the 935 cases registered on Monday; 372 of the 864 cases on April 4; 359 of the 836 cases on April 3; 287 of the 662 cases on April 2 and 174 of the 488 infections reported in the state on April 1. The AIIMS, Patna has already scaled up the number of beds for Covid-19 patients from 60 to 110. The number of ICU beds for Covid patients have also been increased from 20 to 30 at the institute.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is reviewing the Covid-19 situation with health officials on a daily basis. He is also holding a meeting with district magistrates and superintendents of police on Tuesday afternoon.

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