Coronavirus: China-returnee tests positive for Covid-19 in UP’s Agra
A 40-year-old man who returned from China on Friday tested positive for coronavirus at a private lab in Agra. According to a PTI report, the man was working in China and came on leave to Agra. The report further adds that the man is asymptomatic at present and good in health at his house in Shahganj’s locality in Agra.
Chief Medical Officer Arun Srivastava said that his samples will be sent to Lucknow for genome sequencing. “The man has been isolated at his home and teams of the health department have been asked to conduct tests of his family members and those who came in contact with him,” Srivastava added.
The man returned to Agra from China via Delhi on December 23 following which he was tested at a private lab. The report came out positive for Covid, he added.
This is the first Covid positive case in the district detected after November 25, officials said. Amid a surge in Covid cases in some countries, including China, the Centre has ramped up its anti-coronavirus measures.
The Centre had said RT-PCR test would be made mandatory for passengers from China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand and asked states to conduct a mock drill on December 27 to ensure readiness of health facilities including medical oxygen generation plants.
Meanwhile, the health department in Agra began screening and collecting samples of foreign tourists at Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Akbar’s Tomb .
Besides, samples are also being collected at the Agra airport, railway station, and Inter Bus Terminal (ISBT), officials said.
“Sample collection at Sarojani Naidu Medical College, District Hospital, and Primary and Community Health Centres in rural Agra has been initiated with priority. Those who have symptoms of cold, cough and fever can visit the health centres to undergo Covid test,” CMO added.
Srivastava added, “Residents are being asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing in public places. They have been advised to use hand sanitiser and follow Covid guidelines to avoid the infection. Besides, residents are advised to get their precautionary dose of COVID-19.” People can contact on health department’s helpline numbers 0562-2600412, 9458569043 regarding any queries on the disease, officials said.