Pune’s Corona infections: Five positive tests confirmed
The driver drove the couple, upon their return from Dubai to India, from the Mumbai international airport to Pune on March 1Updated: Mar 16, 2020, 18:00 IST
PUNE A day after a couple that had travelled to Dubai at the end of February tested positive for Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Pune, three more persons tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.
“The daughter of the couple, and the taxi driver who drove the couple from the Mumbai international airport to Pune on March 1, both tested positive for the infection as per the National Institute of Virology (NIV),” according to district collector Naval Kishore Ram, who added, “Apart from these two, a co-passenger who was on the same Dubai-Mumbai flight as the couple, has also tested postive.”
All the five - three family members, the driver and the flight passenger - are in isolation at the Naidu Hospital in Pune.
According to the health ministry’s website, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases across India is 47.
Currently, 17 are in isolation in Pune, five positive cases and 12 suspected.
The couple tested positive late on Monday evening.
Pune’s divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said that the infected husband and wife are currently stable and under observation.
The administration is now tracking a group of 40 persons who were with the couple on their trip to Dubai.
“These 40 persons are from various districts in the state. We appeal for calm and not to reveal the identity of the patients or their workplace to protect their privacy,” Mhaisekar said at a press briefing on Tuesday, at which district collector Naval Kishore Ram, PMC additional commissioner Rubal Agarwal and Pune Police joint commissioner Ravindra Shisve were also present.
Mhaisekar said, “The couple had arrived in the country on March 1 after a 15-day visit to Dubai. They took a private cab from Mumbai airport to Pune. On March 8, one of the two started showing symptoms of infection and were referred to Naidu hospital for a checkup. Their samples were sent to NIV and tested positive.”
“Since Dubai is not in the initial list of the 19 countries from where citizens were being screened, the couple was not screened at Mumbai airport. The administration has now formed five teams which include officials from the revenue department, police, health, BMC and PMC to track the 40 people who had travelled with the couple to Dubai. The administration is also listing down people who came in contact with the couple at their workplace or the areas where they visited to keep a check on them too,” Mhaisekar said.
Mhaisekar said that the city administration has increased its bed capacity to 207 at 21 hospitals, besides Naidu hospital for Covid-19.
He also advised private doctors to take note of patients’ travel history and if s/he shows symptoms including cold, cough and fever.
“Any person showing these signs must be referred to Naidu hospital immediately,” Mhaisekar said..