A 47-year-old Anglo-Indian woman, who tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in New Delhi from the UK on Monday, slipped the authorities to reach Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, East Godavari district by train, in the small hour. on Thursday.
According to an official bulletin from the Andhra health department, Mary Winfred Ann Parrie, a private school teacher in Rajahmundry, tested positive for Covid-19 at the Delhi airport health center after landing from the UK on Monday night.
Airport authorities handed her over to Safdarjung hospital for treatment on Tuesday. Because she was asymptomatic, she was asked to be in quarantine for seven days. After obtaining his outpatient card, he quietly left the place without informing the authorities, who could not find out where he was.
On Wednesday evening, the East Godavari District authorities received a communication from Delhi (Northeast) Additional District Magistrate Shubhankar Ghosh, stating that Parrie, along with her 22-year-old son Riyan, who received her at the airport, he may be en route to his hometown Rajahmundry aboard the Andhra Pradesh Express train.
“Because she is Corona positive, there is a fear of passing the infection to other people from her. According to the protocol, she must be isolated in institutional quarantine, “Ghosh said in the letter, asking the authorities in the East Godavari district to admit her to any institutional quarantine facility.
State health authorities have raised a loud alarm and informed both the railway police and the local police authorities. “As soon as the train arrived at Rajahmundry train station in the early hours of Thursday, they managed to locate Parrie and her son getting out of a first-class compartment. The authorities made the duo wear PPE kits and took them directly to the government hospital in Rajahmundry, “the bulletin said.
In the morning, both Parrie and Riyan underwent several Covid-19 tests again. “The mother was found positive and Riyan negative on the rapid antigen test. Hospital authorities have also conducted RT-PCR and Viral Lysis Medium (VLM) tests on both and are awaiting the results, “the health department said.
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Parrie, a resident of Ramakrishna Nagar in Rajahmundry, worked as a teacher at a local school. She, along with her husband and daughter, had gone to London a few months ago after the travel restrictions were lifted. She returned to India to see her son.
Health minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas aka Nani said the Anglo-Indian woman and her son are in the isolation ward of Rajahmundry hospital, where all precautions have been taken.
“Test samples are also sent to the National Institute of Virology to find out if she was infected with the new Coronavirus strain,” the minister said.
He said that two separate isolation wards have been created in the hospital to admit new cases of Covid-19 arriving from Europe and to conduct special tests on them. “We will not take any chances with the woman who is from the UK. There is nothing to make people panic, as the government is on high alert, ”Nani said.
The minister said authorities have been asked to track down passengers and train staff who may have come into contact with Parrie and her son on their journey from New Delhi to Rajahmundry.