British actor Banita Sandhu has tested positive for COVID-19. She is currently in Kolkata for the shoot of her film Kavita & Teresa. She was taken to a private hospital after she refused to be treated in a government hospital. On December 20, the actor travelled from the UK and was on the same flight with the youth who had tested positive for the mutant coronavirus strain.Also Read - 4th Wave of COVID? Karnataka Govt to Tighten Rules Amid Rising Cases. Deets Inside

An official told PTI that after she was tested positive for coronavirus on Monday afternoon, steps were taken to ascertain if she had been infected with a new strain of the COVID-19. To ensure measures to curb the new strain, Banita was taken to the Beliaghata Infectious Diseases Hospital where a separate unit has been set up to house those who have travelled from the UK. However, the 23-year-old actor refused to come out of the ambulance alleging that the hospital lacked proper infrastructure. Also Read - Focus On Testing, Tracking, Treating: Centre Writes to States to Take Measures Amid Surge in COVID Cases

The official told the news agency, “We had to inform the state secretariat and the health department as she was unwilling to come out of the ambulance, and at one point in time, she wanted to leave. The British High Commission was informed as we cannot let her go like this which is against the protocol. We had to inform the police also. They (police personnel) came and surrounded the ambulance so that she cannot leave.” Also Read - United States Reports More Than 300,000 Child Covid Cases In Single Month

Even after she was counseled by the senior doctors, she refuted to be admitted. Eventually, she was admitted to a private hospital and has been kept in an isolated cabin, with the permission of the health department. Before leaving the government hospital premises, Banita was made to sign a declaration that she was unwilling to get treatment at the hospital because ‘she felt the medical establishment lacked infrastructure’.

Meanwhile, Banita’s genetic analytics will be sent to Kalyani’s National Institute of Biomedical Genomics to ascertain if she is infected with mutant coronavirus strain or not.

On the work front, she is best known for her role in October opposite Varun Dhawan.

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